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The land of the free and the home of the braves. (Slave market) 


March 4, 1833

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 watercolour / aquarelle : pen and brown ink with watercolour over pencil on paper
Support: 18.300 x 11.100 cm (sheet)
Inventory no.: 000689

Scope and content

See the exhibition catalogue, "Friendly Spies on the Northern Tour..." (Ottawa, National Archives of Can, 1981) for further information on Martin.
Watercolours and drawings recording Henry Byam Martin's sojourn in North America from September 1832 to June 1833. He landed in New York, travelled via the Hudson River and Erie Canal to Niagara Falls, then proceeded to Toronto, Kingston, Montréal, Ottawa and Québec City. From Québec he returned to New York, and then travelled to Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Charleston, South Carolina, Alabama, and then to New Orleans. He returned up the Mississippi River via Memphis, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and then embarked at New York to return to England.
Many important subjects, including methods of transport, the slave trade, and the Southern Secessionist Convention in 1833 are included in the watercolours. The collection also important for its depiction of costumes, particularly American and for its commentary on the American manners and customs.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-115001
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
A131-02 Item no. assigned by LAC 42
90: Open
Other accession no.
1981-042 PIC

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1981-42-42 Source: Dr. Nigel Davies, Gelati, Mexico.
Copyright: Expired

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Removed from: Album: an album of drawings taken during a trip through Canada and the United States, 1832-1833

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Exhibitions note
Exhibition title: Friendly Spies on the Northern Tour; 1815-1833; sketches by H.B. Martin. Curators: Jim Burant, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1981.04.02 - 1981.06.30. Further venue: Market Gallery, City of Toronto Archives, Toronto, Ontario; 1982.01.23 - 1982.03.21.
Exhibition title: Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South. Curators: Kym S. Rice, The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia; 1991.05.21 - 1992.01.08.
Exhibition title: The Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada. Curators: Momryk, Myron, Library and Archives Canada , Ottawa, Ontario; 2001.02.12 - 2001.05.27.

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscribed. Signed. Dated.
Inscription: Insribed recto: in pencil, l.l. "Nigger Selling"; in pen and brown ink, bottom, "Charleston S.C. 4th March 1833 'The land of the free & home of the braves'".

Subject heading

1. Charleston, S. Carolina.
2. other.
3. SUBJ. - Other : Depicting Slave Market in South Carolina - 1833.


Other system control no.