Anne De Lisle was the daughter of Pierre De Lisle, Jurat, and Marie Perchard, the daughter of the rector of St Pierre du Bois. In 1658, aged 26, she married James de Beauvoir and had five surviving children, Peter, James, Anne, Rachel and Martha. This portrait may have been painted around the same time as that of her husband, in 1669, when he was appointed a Jurat of the Royal Court of Guernsey (see GMAG 1983.195). It is painted in the 'Grand Manner' style, which was a type of portraiture that developed throughout the 17th and 18th century. This painting is very similar to other portraits of the time, which depict young black slaves offering their mistress fruit or flowers. It wasn’t uncommon during the slave trade for wealthy women to be given child slaves almost as exotic 'pets'. During this time ships coming to Guernsey would not usually have held slaves. They did sail from slave-trading ports however so there would have been the potential for a small number of slaves to arrive on the island.
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Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery
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