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The Slave market at Rio; street where buyers examine slaves, one of whom sits on ground in left foreground, child slaves being inspected by man wearing hat and striped trousers, dog to right, soldiers in distance. 1823(?)
Pen and grey ink and watercolour
- Production date
- 1823 (circa)
Height: 183 millimetres
Width: 264 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Removed from an album of drawings by the travel writer and bluestocking Maria Graham (1845,0405.14.1-261).
Earle spent over six years in the Americas from 1818, living for the last four years in Brazil. He later returned to Brazil in the role of artist to the second expedition of the 'Beagle' to South America alongside the young Charles Darwin, whom Leonard Bell contends that Earle influenced with his liberal socio-political views (Bell, 2013, p. 4).
Engraved in aquatint by E. Finden for the frontispiece to Maria Graham (Lady Callcott), 'Journal in Brazil', 1824. Other drawings by Earle are also included as illustrations in the book (See 1871,1111.612). Maria Graham arrived in Brazil in January 1823, remaining there for nine months; this drawing was given to the British Museum by Maria's second husband, Augustus Wall Callcott, and Earle therefore presumably gave it to Maria. Leonard Bell has noted that although Earle did exhibit at the Royal Academy, his work was primarily seen and known as reproduced as illustrations to books (Bell, 2013, p.1).
Leonard Bell, 'Not quite Darwin's artist: the travel art of Augustus Earle,' 'Journal of Historical Geography' 30 (2013) pp. 1-11.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Journey of a voyage to Brazil ((Published 1824))
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See comment on the whole series
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1972.u.543