Sponge Fishermen and Houses, Cuba, ca. 1850


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This record was last updated on 27 Jan 2011

Image Reference
Album-23

Source
Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba (Havana[?], 1851 [?]), plate 23 (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.

Comments
Caption, "Vivienda de los Pescadores de Esponjas, Bahia de Nuevitas" (Houses/Dwellings of Sponge Fishermen, Bay of Nuevitas) shows men, women, children, thatched roof houses on poles over water, fishing nets; boat with fishermen in foreground. For a b/w engraved scene very similar to this one, see Le Magasin Pittoresque (Paris, 1857), p. 333. 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. 115 for the same image.)