Milk and Guinea Grass Sellers, Brazil, 1816-1831

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Jean Baptiste Debret, Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Bresil (Paris,1834-39), vol. 2, plate 21, p. 73. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Captioned, "Vendeurs de Lait et de Capim", shows (right) male and female milk sellers with large metal (?) jugs on their heads, and a man (left) carrying a load of "capim" ("guinea grass") to be sold; ox carts hauling capim are in the background. 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).