Selling Foodstuff, Havana, Cuba, ca. 1850

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Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba (Havana[?], 1851 [?]), plate 14 (copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library). The University of Miami copy is cataloged as Havana [ca. 1850]; other libraries give Havana, with various dates, e.g., 1851, 1853, 1855. See also comments.

Shows a man on a horse who apparently is selling fruits, vegetables, and fowl. It is unclear if the people in the background are enslaved. For a b/w engraved scene very similar to this and accompanying an article on Cuban markets, see Le Magasin Pittoresque (Paris, 1857), p. 388. Another slightly different version is published in Maturin Ballou, History of Cuba (Boston, 1854), facing p. 201. This and other lithographs in this album were done by the French artist Frederic/Federico Mialhe, who lived in Cuba from 1838 to 1854; they were plagiarized by Bernardo May who had them published under his own name. (Thanks to Lesbia O, Varona for help in identifying this item and clarifying bibliographic issues; see also, Emilio Cueto, Mialhe's Colonial Cuba [Miami, The Historical Association of Southern Florida, 1994], p. 99 for a copy of the original drawing, captioned "El Casero," The street vendor.)