Sedan chair, Bathsheba

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Title: Sedan chair, Bathsheba
Abstract: A white woman being carried in a chair by two black males, while a white man walks alongside them. Sedan chairs are portable chairs carried on poles by two people. These chairs were used in the past for transporting a passenger and gained popularity as a means of ensuring expensive clothes and wigs were not tainted by the weather or the filth of the streets. In the past, passengers permitted themselves to be carried about by black males sometimes an entire day, some of them traveling in this manner from one plantation to another, while others employed this mode of transport in the streets.
Description: Landscape, black & white, 4 x 6 in.

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