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Album of Peruvian costumes [Album de escenas del Peru y Lima]
1840 - Rare, large, and splendid iconographic record of early 19th century Peruvian costumes by Pancho Fierro. N.d. [ca. 1840]. N.p. [Lima, Peru]. 4to. 35 watercolors on paper. Contemporary calf, boards with interlacing fillet, sympathetically rebacked preserving original spine. The album is in excellent condition, each watercolor with fresh and vivid colors, mounted on a larger heavy-laid paper; virtually flawless overall. 45,000 $ Splendid collection of Peruvian watercolors, all visually striking, most likely by the hand of Peru´s native artist Pancho Fierro; this album might be a compilation done by an Englishman of Pancho Fierro´s drawings, considering the English captions. Each watercolor is accompanied by a short title in contemporary writing which explains scene portrayed: “Fresquero, or vendor of iced Drinks”, “Adjusting the Saya”, “A baker”, “Penitente, collecting almas”, “Llama loden with cheeses from the interior of Peru conducted by an Indian woman”, “Waterman unloading”, “A Peruvian horse soldier”, “General Gran Mariscal Don Agustin Gamarra President of Peru – a very good likeness”, “Dulcero or vendor of sweets”, “Dance of the Country”, “Lady going to or coming from Amancaso[?] a place much visited in July ”, “Lady bathing with guide in Chorillos, a small port near Lima”, “Conducting grass to the city for sale”, “Man selling ices”, “Quesera – Indian woman selling cheese”, “Saya y manto”, “Saya desplazada or full saya”, “Beggar woman”, “Waterman on his way to the fountain to fill his casks”, “Belero, or vendor of Candles”, “Chorillano, native of Chorillas collecting almas for some religious ceremony”, amongst others. One of the drawings represents the General Gran Mariscal Agustín Gamarra Mesia (1785 – 1841), a Peruvian politician and military, Constitutional President from 1829-1833 and 1840-1841; the drawing mentions him as the President, thus the album was surely made during one of both periods as President. Although no signature is found and no attribution is made on the album, the color and the quality of the watercolors is remarkable and reflects the characteristic style of Fierro (1809 - 1879) a Peruvian self-taught artist, son of a criollo and a black slave. On Fierro, often dubbed as one of the most original Peruvian painters of the 19th century, much has been written, and is to-date a subject of research; his drawings, representing the life and costumes of Lima´s inhabitants –of which he probably made about 1200- are highly coveted and are a brilliant artistic record. These albums are vivid testimonies of the increasing interest from Europeans in Peruvian costumes at the turn of the 19th century. The recently created nation had long been the stronghold of Spanish rule in South America and was then forging it’s own identity Marcus Burke y Natalia Majluf, Tipos del Perú. La Lima criolla de Pancho Fierro. Madrid, El Viso/The Hispanic Society of America, 2008, p. 17-50. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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