Marriage Ceremony, Brazil, 1816-1831


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Image Reference
JCB_07385-19a

Source
Jean Baptiste Debret, Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Bresil (Paris,1834-39), vol. 3, plate 15, p. 149 (top). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Comments
Captioned, "Marriage de Negres d'Une Maison Riche" (marriage of blacks in a wealthy household), portrays an ornate wedding ceremony, with the bride and groom elaborately dressed and joined by bridegrooms and bridesmaids; a European (?) priest joins the couple. The engravings in this book were taken from drawings made by Debret during his residence in Brazil from 1816 to 1831. For watercolors by Debret of scenes in Brazil, some of which were incorporated into his Voyage Pittoresque, see Jean Baptiste Debret, Viagem Pitoresca e Historica ao Brasil (Editora Itatiaia Limitada, Editora da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 1989; a reprint of the 1954 Paris edition, edited by R. De Castro Maya).