The skinning of the Aboma snake, shot by Cap. Stedman

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An Arawak native slits the throat of a large Aboma snake that is hanging from a branch of a tree, suspended by a rope around its neck. Two other Arawak natives pull at the rope to hoist the snake higher. Captain Stedman, his back to the viewer, directs the work of the natives from the ground (left foreground), his rifle resting against the trunk of the tree. On the right in the distance, a man sits in a boat on the river.

  • PrintmakerBlake, William, 1757-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleThe skinning of the Aboma snake, shot by Cap. Stedman [graphic] / Blake sculpt.
  • Published[London : Published Decr. 2d, 1793 by J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church Yard, 2 December 1793]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

793.12.02.01

Acquired April 2014

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