Pitt Rivers Museum Brazil, Chile, Peru, 1829–1832
Brazil, Chile, Peru, 1829–1832

14th Jan - 21st Apr 2013

This collection of watercolours was given to the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1933 by a Miss Wakefield (or Miss Warwick, the records vary) of Reigate. They are examples of costumbrismo, a genre of painting with Spanish origins that became popular in South America in the early nineteenth century. In such paintings regional types are represented, the standard format being single figures painted against plain backgrounds on single sheets.