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William Blake, probably after Cap. John Stedman
The Skinning of the Aboma Snake shot by Cap. Stedman c.1792
from John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, J.Johnson & J.Edwards, London, 1796
engraving with etching
Purchased from admission funds, 1990
National Gallery of Victoria

The scene shows one of the black slaves - 'the negro David' - climbing up the boa constrictor (said to have been 22 feet long) in order to begin skinning the snake. The figure in the lower left is probably Stedman.

(c)1999 National Gallery of Victoria