Slave Market, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early 1820s

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This record was last updated on 10 May 2012

Image Reference

Maria Graham [Lady Maria Callcott], Journal of a voyage to Brazil and residence there, during part of the years 1821, 1822, 1823 (London, 1824), facing title page. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-97201)

In the list of plates of Graham's book, this scene is captioned, "Val Longo, or slave market at Rio"; street scene showing enslaved children and adults and European buyers and sellers. The engraving is derived from a painting made by the English artist Augustus Earle (1793-1838); he lived in Rio de Janeiro in 1820-1824 and executed a number of works focusing on slavery (see Earle, on this website).