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Marchand d'esclaves Slave Merchant

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet (called Horace Vernet) (French, 1789–1863)

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlandi 216?; Sanchez 201, third estate


Sheet: 27 × 36.5 cm (10 5/8 × 14 3/8 in.) Image: 11.4 × 14.7 cm (4 1/2 × 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Crayon lithograph

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



In the foreground a slave merchant is sitting on some filled sacks. At his feet, a lady slave is lying against a filled sack.Her eyes are closed and she appears to be resting. A second slave merchant stands to the right. The seated merchant has his left arm raised and is using his fingers to indicate the price of the slave resting at his feet.
Beside the sacks the merchant is sitting on, slightly to the left, is a box.
In the background, on the left, is the outline of a ship.
In the background, on the right, there is an outline of a man standing beside a seated figure. He is facing away from the people in the foreground and has his left arm raised. Behind the two figures is a large structure, perhaps a fort or castle.


In stone, within image, l.l. H.Vernet; below image l.r.I. Delpech; below image.c. MARCHAND D'ESCLAVES.


PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 10/1/1913 [exact to month]

Credit Line

Frederick Keppel Memorial Bequest