Fabrication de l'huile palme à Whydah, coate Oxidentale, Afrique

The French artist Edouard Auguste Nousveaux visited Senegal in West Africa between 1842 and 1845. Upon his return to France, he exhibited a series of West African views at the Paris Salon in 1845-47.

This watercolour shows the production of palm oil, which was one of the most important of the new ‘legitimate’ commodities exported from West Africa after the end of the slave trade. Palm oil had a range of industrial applications and was used in soap manufacture and later in the production of margarine.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2730
Collection: Special collections
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Nousveaux, Edouard-Auguste
Date made: circa 1845
People: Nousveaux, Edouard-Auguste
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Measurements: Sheet: 385 mm x 526 mm; Image: 282 mm x 427 mm; Mount: 483 mm x 637 mm

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