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Fathers, Daughters, and SlavesWomen Writers and French Colonial Slavery$
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Doris Y. Kadish

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318467

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317828

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(p.152) Postscript
Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves
Liverpool University Press

This postscript focuses on Portrait du citoyen Belley, ex-représentant des colonies, a painting by Anne-Louis Girodet depicting the first black deputy to the National Convention during the French Revolution in which Jean-Baptiste Belley is shown standing alongside a bust of Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, the author of Histoire des deux Indes. The painting, which is eerily similar to Firmin Massot's Mme de Staël à côté du buste de son père Jacques Necker, weaves together the diverse constructions of fathers, daughters, and slaves explored in this book. Girodet's white-and-black dyad, used by Germaine de Staël to address her relationship with her father, is consistent with the notion that women abolitionists were strongly attached to their fathers and with people of black, mixed-race, or African descent.

Keywords:   Anne-Louis Girodet, painting, Jean-Baptiste Belley, Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, Firmin Massot, fathers, daughters, slaves, Germaine de Staël, women abolitionists

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