Basket Tradesman, Brazil,1816-1831

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Jean Baptiste Debret, Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Bresil (Paris,1834-39), vol. 2, plate 17. Fascimile edition published in Rio de Janeiro and New York, 1965. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, (left),"marchand de sambouras" ("sambouras" trader); (right), "vendeur de palmito" (vendor of "palmito"); sambouras/sambura is an Amerindian basket made of vines or a wild-growing cane that resembles bamboo. 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).