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Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds

Barringer, Tim; Forrester, Gillian; Martinez-Ruiz, Barbaro

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ISBN 10: 0300116616 / ISBN 13: 9780300116618
Published by Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Dust Jacket Condition: As New. xx, 592 pp, director's foreword, map of Jamaica; chronology; Introduction by Tim Berrdinger and Gillian Forrester, Essays: Britain, Jamaica, and Empire in the Era of Emancipation by Catherine Hall; Work, Culture, and Creolization: Slavery and Emancipation in 18th- and 19th-century Jamaica by Verene A. Sheperd; Picturesque Prospects and the Labor of the Enslaved by Tim Barringer; Mapping a New Kingston: Belisario's Sketches of Character by Gillian Forrester; Charters for the Spirit: Afro-Jamaican Music and Art by Robert Farris Thompson; Sketches of Memory: Visual Encounters with Africa in Jamaican Culture by Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz; More Than Met the Eye: African-Jamaican Festivities in the Time of Belisario by Kenneth Bilby; Anglophone Musical Culture in Jamaica by Stephen Banfield; Customs of an Unruly Race: The Political Context of Jamaican Jewry, 1670-1831 by Holly Snyder; Belisario's "kingston Cries" and the Refinement of Jewish Identity in the Late 1830s by Day Dian Kriz; Afterword: The Legacies of Anglo-Caribbean Culture -- A Diasporic Perspective by Stuart Hall; Sketches of Characters; Catalogue; appendix: slave-owner compensation to sketches of character subscribers by Nicholas Draper; bibliography, contributors, index, photography credits with color and b&w illustrations throughout. First Edition, 2007. "Coinciding with the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade, this multi-disciplinary volume chronicles the iconography of sugar, slavery, and the topography of Jamaica from the beginning of British rule in 1655 to the aftermath of emancipation in the 1840s. Focusing on the visual and material culture of slavery and emancipation in Jamaica, it offers new perspectives on art, music, and performance in Afro-Jamaican society and on the Jewish diaspora in the Caribbean. Central to the book is Sketches of Character (1837-38) -- a remarkable series of lithographs by the Jewish Jamaican artist Isaac Mendes Belisario -- the earliest visual representation of the masquerade form Jonkonnu." Not Price Clipped. Inked name bottom fore-edge corner half-title else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Blue cloth with black lettering to spine, and maps on endpapers. Size: Folio. Bookseller Inventory # 002580

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Title: Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac ...

Publisher: Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Coinciding with the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade, this multi-disciplinary volume chronicles the iconography of sugar, slavery, and the topography of Jamaica from the beginning of British rule in 1655 to the aftermath of emancipation in the 1840s. Focusing on the visual and material culture of slavery and emancipation in Jamaica, it offers new perspectives on art, music, and performance in Afro-Jamaican society and on the Jewish diaspora in the Caribbean. Central to the book is Sketches of Character (1837–38)—a remarkable series of lithographs by the Jewish Jamaican artist Isaac Mendes Belisario—the earliest visual representation of the masquerade form Jonkonnu. Innovative scholarship traces the West African roots of Jonkonnu through its evolution in Jamaica and continuing transformation today; offers a unique portrait of Jamaican culture at a pivotal historical moment; and provides a new model for interpreting the visual culture of empire.

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Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University. Gillian Forrester is Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Yale Center for British Art. Barbaro Martinez Ruiz is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University.

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