Three Kings Day Festival, Havana, Cuba, ca. 1850


Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba (Havana[?], 1851 [?]), plate 16 (copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library). The University of Miami copy is cataloged as Havana [ca. 1850]; other libraries give Havana, with various dates, e.g., 1851, 1853, 1855. See also comments.


Caption, Dia de Reyes. The Holy King's Day, showing costumed revellers dancing, musical instruments, etc. For a similar illustration and description of the Twelfth Day Festival, or Day of the Kings, see image ILN026 on this website. This and other lithographs in this album were done by the French artist Frederic/Federico Mialhe, who lived in Cuba from 1838 to 1854; they were plagiarized by Bernardo May who had them published under his own name. (Thanks to Lesbia O, Varona for help in identifying this item and clarifying bibliographic issues; see also, Emilio Cueto, Mialhe's Colonial Cuba [Miami, The Historical Association of Southern Florida, 1994], p. 105 for the same image and various dates.)


Mialhe, Federico

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