Chromolithograph, c. 1853.
Image size 7 1/2 x 10 5/16" (19.1 x 26.3 cm) with decorative boarder.
Fair condition with foxing. Good color. LOCATION: New York City
Inventory Number: 92968
Publisher : Published by Bernardo May & Co., Berlin and Havana.
Plate 5 from "Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba." Mialhe’s important Cuban views created “the image which the enlightened public of the nineteenth century had of Cuba,” writes Cueto. In addition to highly detailed city views, Isla de Cuba includes scenes depicting everyday Cuban life, such as tobacco cultivation, dancing, vending, even a cockfight. Bernardo May, the publisher of this issue, was a Havana merchant who pirated Mialhe’s work by sending the artist’s images to Berlin to be lithographed. Then May sold the lithographs in Cuba at prices below Mialhe’s own. 18th-19th Century Subjects, Town Views - Central & South America, and the West Indies, Cuba