25 September 2003
School of Lima, circa 1850
An album containing original watercolours, handcoloured lithographs, photographs and autograph material [Lima c.1853]. Large 4° (348 x 265mm.), 187 leaves, 63 watercolours of Lima costumes (290 x 222mm. and smaller) each preceded by a leaf with descriptive manuscript caption, 4 watercolours of Peruvian landscapes and horses, 14 handcoloured lithographs of Lima costumes each preceded by a leaf with descriptive manuscript caption, 4 photographs Lima and two oval studio portrait photographs, various related manuscript items, and three sketches of local scenes by a European hand. Original half red calf, titled within a gilt stamped frame on upper cover 'Lima Costumes' (worn, crudely rebacked, inner hinges strengthened)
Dr. Archibald Smith, Lima (a surgeon resident in Lima c.1830s-50s and author of Peru as it is. Comprising an account of the social and physical features of that country, London, 1839).
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A fine album of 'costumbrista' drawings with additional early photographs of Lima, presumably assembled by Dr. Smith in Lima c.1853.
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