"Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam"

"Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam"

"John Greenwood, Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam, ca. 1755" 


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1. What are the men in this image doing? What does this image tell us about masculine sociability enacted in taverns in the eighteenth century? 

2. Study the material objects in this images. What are they and what role did they play in social life in taverns?

3. Use the representation of blacks in this image to address the role of slaves in eighteenth-century "polite" culture. 

4. Alcohol plays a central role in this image. What might these men be drinking? Where did various alcoholic beverages come from and how were they consumed?

"Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam"