Portrait of Rita, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1820-24


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This record was last updated on 10 May 2012

Image Reference
IMG04

Source
Painted by Augustus Earle (1793-1838); original in National Library of Australia, Canberra (nla.pic-an2822644)

Comments
Water color on paper titled "Rita, a celebrated black beauty at Rio de Janeiro." Rita may have been a free woman of color. Augustus Earle, an English painter who travelled widely, lived in Rio from early 1820 to early 1824, with occasional trips to Chile and Peru during that period.