A Tropical Harvest
albumen print circa 1870, probably from Brazil, showing two elegantly attired and leisurely european-heritage women surrounded by tropical fruits and a black servant holding sugar cane. The sitters and other objects are identified on the reverse in a Portuguese inscription. Price: $350. ( Inventory# id700 )
In contrast to its Spanish-speaking Latin American neighbors, the language of Brazil is Portuguese, and I am told the objects shown in image are typical of that country.
The beginning of inscription seem to refer to the black servant and to use the term "saguim" which is a type of small tree-climbing monkey (marmoset). It is worth noting that slavery in Brazil continued to the end of 19th century, being abolished only in 1888.
Last updated January 17, 2018
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