Capoeira Scene, Brazil, 1820-24

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This record was last updated on 10 May 2012

Image Reference

Painted by Augustus Earle (1793-1838); original in National Library of Australia, Canberra (nla.pic-an2822650)

Water color on paper titled "Negroes fighting, Brazils." Although the word "fighting" is in the artist's title, the men's body movements are those of Capoeira (see image reference NW0171 on this website). Several onlookers are shown, including a woman carrying an infant, and a white policeman/soldier approaching the scene; the seated man is playing a drum, the source of music for this performance. Augustus Earle, an English painter, lived in Rio from early 1820 to early 1824, with occasional trips to Chile and Peru during that period.