Europe Supported By Africa and America
Artist/Maker: William Blake, born 1757 - died 1827 (artist)
Illustration from John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam
This allegorical image is in the tradition of ‘The Four Continents’, in which the continents are depicted as female figures. Blake, the abolitionist, has included gold arm bands on the arms of Africa and America to symbolise their enslavement to the central figure of Europe. However, the fact that Europe is being physically supported by her companions suggests the possibility of a more equitable relationship.
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