The Old Print Shop


  • ARTIST: Frederico Mialhe

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Bernardo May & Co., Berlin and Havana.

  • MEDIUM: Two-color lithograph, finished by hand,

    DATE: c.1850.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 5 5/8 x 8 1/4" (14.2 x 21.1 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: 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.


  • CONDITION: Good condition and color, minor staining in the margins.

  • REFERENCE: Sabin 17748. Cueto, Mialhe's Colonial Cuba.