Brunias’s tarred brush, or painting Indians black
Race-ing the Carib divide
in Colouring the Caribbean
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This chapter considers the extent to which Agostino Brunias's Carib pictures provided a visual narrative to reinforce the insistent distinction between Red and Black Caribs made by British colonialists in the Lesser Antilles. It offers a focused study of Brunias's Carib pictures within the political and cultural context of their creation. The chapter discusses the unique historical circumstances regarding the British-Carib conflict in St Vincent, giving particular attention to Sir William Young's influential Account of the Black Charaibs, long regarded as the seminal text on the Black Caribs. It presents an overview of the shifting theoretical discourses around race that inform Brunias's representation of Red and Black Caribs. Paintings such as Family of Charaibs reinforced colonialists' assessments of the Red Caribs as not only the true Indians, but the good ones as well.

Colouring the Caribbean

Race and the art of Agostino Brunias


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