Funeral Procession, Brazil, 1816-1831

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Image Reference

Jean Baptiste Debret, Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Bresil (Paris,1834-39), vol. 3, plate 15, p. 149 (bottom). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Captioned, "Convoi Funebre de Negrillons" (funeral procession of black children), portrays (foreground), a deceased child laid out on a wooden (?) tray with flowers which is resting on an ornate canopied carriage (without wheels ?) that is pulled through the street; the grieving parents hold onto the carriage. In the background, another child is carried in a similar tray which is transported on a man's head. 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).