Flower Seller, Brazil, 1816-1831

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Image Reference

Jean Baptiste Debret, Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Bresil (Paris,1834-39), vol. 3, plate 6, p. 125 (top). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Captioned "Marchand de Fleurs, a la Porte d'Une Eglise" (flower seller at the entrance to a church), shows a man with a tray of flowers in one hand and what appears to be a tray of bananas in the other; a European woman is taking a flower and behind her are black women, presumably her servants. The engravings in this book were taken from drawings made by Debret during his residence in Brazil from 1816 to 1831. For watercolors by Debret of scenes in Brazil, some of which were incorporated into his Voyage Pittoresque, see Jean Baptiste Debret, Viagem Pitoresca e Historica ao Brasil (Editora Itatiaia Limitada, Editora da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 1989; a reprint of the 1954 Paris edition, edited by R. De Castro Maya).