Lot 121: 19th C. Colored Engravings, South American Subjects
November 7, 2016
Louisville, CO, USA
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Europe, France, ca. 1859 CE, published by Dufour; Mulat et Boulanger (France, 1855/60). A trio of impressive original steel engravings, all hand colored and with remarkable ethnographic iconography. First, a piece entitled "Amérique Méridionale" (South America) with text that identifies each individual depicted, from left to right, "Indien Charruas, Gaucha, Chef Araucanien, Patagons" engraved by Pierre after a drawing by Philippoteaux, ca. 1859. Next, another original steel engraving with hand coloring. This example was engraved by Waltner after Philippoteaux, ca. 1859 and is entitled "Mexique" (Mexico) with text identifying each personage, "Habitant des Terres Chaudes, Indienne de la Sierra de Guauchinango, Riche Propriétaire, Femme du Peuple, Dame" (inhabitant of Hot Lands, Indian from the Guachinango Sierra, rich businessman, country woman, Spanish lady) Finally, the third piece is entitled "Chili, Costumes du Peuple" (Chile, Costumes of the People), engraved by Saulnier after Philippoteaux, ca. 1859. These examples of visual culture from 19th century travel literature serve as interesting visual commentaries on the intersections of transculturalism, colonialism, understanding and interpretation of otherness, and gender in the 19th century. Size: images measure 4.75" W x 6.25" H (12.1 cm x 15.9 cm); pages measure 6.625" W x 10.125" H (16.8 cm x 25.7 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private Gantt collection, Colorado. Belong to current owners great grandfather.
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Condition Report: Minor tears to peripheries, creasing, and marks from tape on back of two of the pieces. Overall very good.