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Agostino Brunias

 (1730 - 1796)
Agostino Brunias was active/lived in United Kingdom, Italy.  Agostino Brunias is known for Genre painting.

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Brunias painted numerous St Vincent subjects for his patron Sir William Young, first British Governor of Dominica, who had sugar estates on the island.  Britain had been given St Vincent, along with Dominica and Tobago by the Treaty of Paris in 1763.  The British distinguished the so-called Island or 'Yellow' Caribs from the 'Black' Caribs (supposedly descended from African slaves who has intermarried with the Indian population), and Young would exploit the supposed racial division (with Brunias carefully describing the different types in his paintings) in his governance of the island. 

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A Negroes Dance in the Island of Dominica
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A negroes' dance in the island of Dominica, Fort Young beyond
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