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New Orleans Characters.

  • ARTIST: Leon Fremaux

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Peychaud & Garcia, 28 Camp Street. (New Orleans)

  • MEDIUM: Hand colored lithographs.

    DATE: 1876.

  • EDITION SIZE: Small folio, 14 x 10" (35.5 x 25.3 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Hand-colored lithographed oval portrait of a negress on title captioned "Tignon a la Chinoise" and 16 hand-colored lithographed plates (some dampstaining in upper margin, heaviest on front endleves, title and first seven plates). Original plum half morocco, black pebbled-cloth boards, gilt-lettered "New Orleans Characters"<br><br> "Costume books and illustrations of typical trades and occupations, so common in European color plate books, are comparatively rare in America. The book of New Orleans street characters may be the best example of the genre printed in the United States. It is not surprising that it was produced in the most European of American cities" (Stamped with a National Character). The depictions include vendors of rice fritters, apples, ice cream; a chimney sweep; stock speculators and cotton and sugar dealers, etc. Spanish, Native, Black, and Anglo people are all variously depicted and Frémaux's bias is evident. Still, this work provides a rare glimpse at the dress, tools of the trade, and a sense of daily life in Reconstruction New Orleans..<br><br> The publishers of this work Joseph Garcia, Fremaux's son-in-law and Peychaud & Co. A small publisher and stationer in New Orleans.


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Original hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: America Pictured to the Life 76; Bennett, p.44; Howes F-362 ("b"); Stamped with a National Character 93.

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