JCB Archive of Early American Images
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E834 D288v / 3-SIZE
[top] Les Premières Occupations du Matin. [bottom left] Quèteurs. [bottom right] Voeu d'une Messe Demandée comme Aumône.
Jean Baptiste Debret
Creator 1 dates:
Creator 1 role:
Thierry Frères, Succ. de Engelmann.
Creator 2 role:
Place image published:
[Firmin Didot Frères]
plate 4; vol. 3, following p. 118
Image dimension height:
30.5 cm. (both images)
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[top] In a city street, a black man adjusts a street lamp; a black man carries a conical vessel and funnel on his head; a black woman sits in a shop; a black woman kisses a holy image while giving a coin to a priest; a woman in a second-story window drops a coin into the umbrella of a man below. [bottom left] A black man with a basket on his head gives a coin to a man carrying a sack and a staff. Another man carrying a sack and staff stands nearby. [bottom right] A man in a doorway gives a coin to a woman richly dressed but with bare feet. A young man or boy and a woman leading a child observe.
Debret, Jean Baptiste, 1768-1848
Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil ... Tome troisième.
Source place of publication:
Firmin Didot Frères, imprimeurs de l'Institut de France, libraires, rue Jacob, no. 56.
M DCCC XXXIX. 
[top] Text explains that the young woman is selling sugar or sweets. The street lamp is filled with whale oil (probably carried in the conical vessel). The man receiving the coin in his umbrella is a salaried collector. Debret notes that the quêteurs or collectors were sometimes legitimately working for the confraternities of the city, but sometimes working for themselves.The lithographs in this book were made from drawings made by Debret during his fifteen-year residence (1816-1831) in Brazil.
Acquired before 1874.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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