'The Devil's Ball'


This is one of a series of satirical cartoons by Robert Cruikshank (brother of George Cruikshank). It is a vivid example of the gross caricatures made of Black people in the 18th century. Cruikshank portrays the African as a devil with thick lips, and one of the 'devils' is playing a fiddle - which could be an allusion to Billy Waters, the Black busker and musician.

TS 11/115, no. 326 (c. 1820)

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