Disabled black man sells potted plants: 19th century
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Disabled black man sells potted plants. Trimmed, print, coloured lithograph, untitled, undated, unsigned. A disabled black man who is a double amputee, is wearing two leg stumps and with two crutches. He is selling potted plants from his cart pulled by two small horses, in the background a woman leans out of the window watching. By the late 18th century, increasing numbers of impoverished Africans could be seen on London's streets. These were often portrayed as itinerant beggars or entertainers. Unusually, the subject of this image is a plant seller. The loss of both his legs suggests that he may have served in the Royal Navy.
1800 AD - 1850 AD