[Eleven views in Cuba from the extremely rare album 'Isla de Cuba pintoresca'.]
Set of eleven sepia tinted lithographs heightened in white, trimmed to printed borders and glued to four album pages; titles excised and glued below images. Each image c.170 x 260mm, 6¾ x 10¼".
The fascinating compositions include prospects of the capital city Havana and the town of Trinidad, also snippets of daily life in the mid-19th century on this vibrant island. One scene depicts three well-healed European ladies travelling in a horse-drawn carriage driven by a liveried black servant; another shows a crowd gathering around to watch some dancers during a street carnival. By Cuba's master lithographer Pierre Toussaint Frederic Mialhe (1810 - 1881), some signed in plate, captions in Spanish. Mialhe left France for Cuba in 1838 to become the landscape painter of the lithographic firm newly established by Francois Cosnier and Alexandre Moreau de Jonnes under the sponsorship of the Royal Patriotic and Economic Society of Cuba. These so-called 'French lithographers', rivals to the Spanish workshop of the Costa brothers, became the foremost such venture in Cuba. The lithographs were scheduled to be issued in twelve instalments of four prints each, but such an ambitious scheme could not be sustained and publication became intermittent after the ninth issue. Although the figure of 49 has been suggested, it is difficult to establish with certainty how many plates were actually produced.
Not in BL.
[Ref: 17451] £2,200.00