Porters Carrying Coffee, Brazil, 1826


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Source
A watercolor by Jean Baptiste Debret (held by a museum in Rio de Janeiro); published in Ana Maria de Moraes, O Brasil dos viajantes (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 1994), image 451, p. 85. Also published in Jean Baptiste Debret, Viagem Pitoresca e Historica ao Brasil (Editora Itatiaia Limitada, Editora da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 1989), p. 36, a reprint of the 1954 Paris edition, edited by R. De Castro Maya).

Comments
Shows group of men carrying bags of coffee to a town market; the man in the lead is carrying a coffee branch and what appears to be a thumb piano in his right hand. Such gangs often had a leader or "boss" and sang as they worked. The date of this watercolor is given on the image. Debret lived 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).