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Feb 21, 2021 10 tweets 10 min read
In 1626 the Cape Verdean woman Clara Dirks married Anthony Manuel van Malacken (Malacca). #blackhistorymonth #day21 #mixedmarriages
In January 1910, Marcus Johnson, with his wife and three children, James Liwes, John Johson and Abi Williams were photographed in #Amsterdam, they came from Sierra Leone. #blackhistorymonth #day22 #identification
In 1700 Frans Martijn, a sailor from Angola, boarded in 1700 as cook on the East Indiaman 'De Generale Vreede'. #blackhistorymonth #day23
The boy portrayed by Govert Flinck around 1640 was most likely a neighbor, maybe a born Amsterdammer. #blackhistorymonth #day24 #portrait
Today Jewish people around the world celebrate #Purim, part of the celebration is donating charity. Among the beneficiaries of gifts in 1660 different people of African descent were listed: Beatris, Agar and Daniel Belmonte #blackhistorymonth #day25
On 6 October 1636, the couple Diogo van Angola and Catharina Antoine, together with Christoffel Capitano, Anthony van #Angola and Francisco van Angola, came to a notary office in #Amsterdam to draw up a will. #blackhistorymonth #day26 #closeties
On #day27 of #BlackHistoryMonth : soldier Anthoni Fernando from Angola who was saddled with large debts in 1645 by a innkeeper in Amsterdam.
On the last day of #BlackHistoryMonth the story of my favorite person in early modern #Amsterdam: Juliana from #Brazil. #day28 Image
The story of Juliana is the last in the #BlackHistoryMonth2021 series. Hope you liked it. Thank you all for the retweets, likes and comments. I'll continue posting stories about Amsterdammers of all origins. #migrantcity #ordinarypeople #microhistory
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Feb 20, 2021
We will likely never be able to establish with certainty the identity of the two Black men painted by Rembrandt. There are no documents found, linking the painting to individuals. But we can make a reasoned guess. #BlackHistoryMonth #day20 #rembrandt #identification
First there is the problem of the date. The inventory with a reference to 'two Moors in one painting' was drawn up in 1656 in what is now the @Rembrandthuis; however, the painting that hangs in the @Mauritshuis bears not only Rembrandt’s signature but also the year 1661.
Was the painting made in 1656 while Rembrandt was still living and working in Jodenbreestraat, and not signed and sold until 1661, when he had moved to the Jordaan district? The 1656 estate inventory suggests this.
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Feb 19, 2021
This photo was taken around 1918 at portrait studio Merkelbach at the Leidseplein. Since the 16th century individual black people were portrayed in Amsterdam/NL. This week I share some still unidentified #portraits. #BlackHistoryMonth #day19 Image
Studio Merkelbach (1913-1969) was one of the many portrait studios in the Netherlands. The unique archive of ten thousands of Photographic plates survived and is kept @stadsarchief. Many Amsterdammers and visitors were photopgraphed. Like American singer Elmer Spyglass in 1913. Image
Among the thousands of portraits after #WW2, there are many soldiers, like the four photos of Alphonso H. Young (1931-2017) taken in 1952. Young was a American serving the @usairforce in #Germany at the time. #portraits #BlackHistoryMonth
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Feb 18, 2021
American Jazz singer Arabella Fields (1879-after 1933) performing at Grand Gala on Rembrandtplein #Amsterdam. I shared this drawing yesterday in a series of unidentified #portraits, thanks to @Sanspareille we now know it is Arabella Fields. #blackhistorymonth #day18 ImageImageImage
IN the 1890's Fields arrived in Europe, where she toured for many years. Between 1915 and 1919 she and her husband Engelhardt Albert Georg Winter lived in Heerenstraat in Amsterdam. Winter was a German Impresario and pianist and is probably the pianist in the drawing.
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Jan 27, 2021
In januari 1910 werden Marcus Johnson, met zijn vrouw en drie kinderen, James Liwes, John Johson en Abi Williams met zijn vrouw in Amsterdam gefotografeerd, zij waren afkomstig uit Sierra Leone. De foto is opgenomen in een album van commissaris van de politie H.S. Hordijk.
Het album maakt deel uit van het Archief van de Gemeentepolitie in de collectie van het @stadsarchief…
De namen van de mannen vond ik terug in een dossier met 'verwijderde vreemdelingen' uit hetzelfde jaar. Helaas werden de namen van de vrouwen en kinderen niet genoteerd. Het lijkt waarschijnlijk dat het jongste kind in Nederland is geboren.
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Jan 25, 2021
Last week @JTAnews published an article about about Elieser, a black man who was buried on the Jewish Cemetary Beth Haim in Ouderkerk in 1627. In this #thread and on my website a little more context about Black and Jewish Amsterdam in the C17th Amsterdam.…
While their had been Black people living in Amsterdam since the late sixteenth century, their numbers raised considerably in the wake of Sephardic migration from Spain and Portugal. Most of these migrants settled with their servants in the area around the Jodenbreestraat.
(Background story:) From the fifteenth century onwards, enslaved African men and women were traded on the Iberian Peninsula. Usually they had to work as domestic servants. In 1600 roughly 10% of the population was Black in Lisboa.
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Jan 25, 2021
Een in 1717 door Willem van Mieris geschilderd kruidenierswinkeltje, vol koloniale waren. Op de achtergrond naast foelie, nootmuskaat en kruidnagelen, een aangebroken suikerbrood. Maar wat ligt daar vooraan op de toonbank? ImageSuiker?Aangebroken suikerbrood
Het lijkt ook suiker, maar niet in de karakteristieke suikerbroodvorm. Het zou gedroogd suikerriet kunnen zijn, maar ben ik zelf nooit in bronnen tegen gekomen. Of is het suikerriet van dichterbij, Marokko, Madeira? Of toch een heel ander product? @intoxproject @intoxspaces ImageImage
Het schilderij is onlangs gerestaureerd door het zal te zien zijn op 'Ruiken aan kunst in: Vervlogen – geuren in kleuren.' in @mauritshuis…
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