Convict art and craft in colonial New Caledonia

Ahrens, Prue and Lagarde, Louis (2010) Convict art and craft in colonial New Caledonia. History Compass, 8 11: 1243-1256. doi:10.1111/j.1478-0542.2010.00738.x

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Author Ahrens, Prue
Lagarde, Louis
Title Convict art and craft in colonial New Caledonia
Journal name History Compass   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-0542
Publication date 2010-11-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2010.00738.x
Volume 8
Issue 11
Start page 1243
End page 1256
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract New Caledonia’s history as a penal colony, and its past association with crime and punishment, is well documented. What remains unrecognised in published histories is the operation of the prison workshops, specifically the production of art and craft that was traded beyond the prison walls. A collection of convict art and craft recently acquired by the Noumea Town Museum and displayed in the exhibit ‘Ile d’exil, Terre d’asile’, contributes much to our knowledge of New Caledonian penal history and prison workshop production. The collection consists of engraved shells and wooden boxes produced by convict artists. The objects are very rarely signed, and it would be fruitless to attempt to attribute them to specific convict artists. What they offer, however, are insights into prison workshop production, developments in work with mother-of-pearl and the expansion of souvenir markets in New Caledonia during the late 19th century.
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