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Des Friches, [Scene in a boiling house]

This image, featured in the John Carter Brown Library's exhibit "Sugar and the Visual Imagination in the Atlantic World," shows a boiling house where cattle blood was used to clarify sugar. Abolitionists across the Atlantic invoked the rhetoric of blood sugar to connect the consumption of sugar with the death of enslaved subjects. This image literalizes the presence of blood within sugar machinery.

Cannibalism and the Commodity Aesthetic
Des Friches, [Scene in a boiling house]