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A white man approaches a woman sitting on a bench in a garden, and when she turns her face to him he sees that she is black. Engraving by S. Davenport after R.W. Buss.

Buss, Robert William, 1804-1875.
Date
[1833]
Reference
33022i
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Description

In the story, set in "Sonnington" in 1828, the elderly Antony Nesfield proposes marriage to a younger woman with her back to him, whom he supposes is Miss Arnold. In fact it is Jella, the black Jamaican maid of Miss Arnold, whereas Miss Arnold herself is white. When she reveals her face "Uncle Antony stood motionless, speechless, with dismay and disgust. He took a short and tremulous step backward, and his regular and well-ordered queue coiled itself up in very horror at the fearful apparition revealed to him. Spirit of beauty! he met the dead eyes, he gazed on the flattened nose, and the thick lips, of a negress!" (pp. 238-239)

Publication/Creation

London : Ackermann & Co., [1833]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 9 x 7.7 cm

Lettering

Uncle Anthony's blunder. R.W. Buss pinxt. S. Davenport sculpt.

Publications note

Forget me not, edited by Frederic Shoberl, London: Ackermann, 1833, pp. 4-5 ("H.F. Chorley, who has very successfully illustrated Buss's admirable painting entitled Uncle Antony's blunder")

Lettering note

The lettering engraved by Davenport uses the spelling Anthony, though elsewhere the character is called Antony

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 33022i

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