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Title:Hyacinthe Hecquard's drawings and watercolors from Grand Bassam, the Futa Jallon, and the Casamance: a source for mid-nineteenth century West African history
Author:Mark, P.
Year:1990
Periodical:Paideuma
Volume:36
Pages:173-184
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
Guinea
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:drawing
painting
travel
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40732667
Abstract:More than fifty pencil sketches and watercolour drawings by the nineteenth-century French officer and explorer Louis-Hyacinthe Hecquard have recently come to light in the collection of the Frobenius-Institut in Frankfurt am Main. Hecquard made the drawings between 1849 and 1851, during a visit to Grand Bassam (Ivory Coast) and a subsequent trip from the Casamance (Senegal) to the Futa Jallon (Guinea). These art works, together with Hecquard's articles in the 'Bulletin de la Société de géographie' and the 'Revue coloniale', and especially his 'Voyage sur la Côte et dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique occidentale' (Paris, 1855), are an important source of ethnographic and art historical information. In the present article, the author pays special attention to a watercolour depicting ritual and dance in the area of Grand Bassam in 1850, and watercolours of city layouts (especially Timbo), which offer a visual record of French and English fortifications and trading establishments. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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