Untitled Image (Musicians in Brazil)

Description

This image shows a street scene with musicians playing drums and various woodwind and brass instruments. According to Ewbank, "forty days after Lent, the most popular of Brazilian festivals takes place - that of the Holy Ghost. . . Each [church] has sent out a band of collectors, who for five weeks will canvass and recanvass the city, surburbs, and surrounding country. . . Musicians always attend them, commonly negroes" (p. 251). Thomas Ewbank (1792–1870) was an English writer on practical mechanics. In 1845–1846, he travelled to Brazil and on his return published an account of his travels. He was then appointed United States Commissioner of Patents by President Taylor in 1849.

Source

Thomas Ewbank, Life in Brazil (New York, 1856), p. 251. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.

Creator

Ewbank, Thomas

Date Created

1846

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

ewbank1

Spatial Coverage

South America--Brazil

Citation

"Untitled Image (Musicians in Brazil)", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 23, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2590
This image shows a street scene with musicians playing drums and various woodwind and brass instruments. According to Ewbank, "forty days after Lent, the most popular of Brazilian festivals takes place - that of the Holy Ghost. . . Each [church] has sent out a band of collectors, who for five weeks will canvass and recanvass the city, surburbs, and surrounding country. . . Musicians always attend them, commonly negroes" (p. 251). Thomas Ewbank (1792–1870) was an English writer on practical mechanics. In 1845–1846, he travelled to Brazil and on his return published an account of his travels. He was then appointed United States Commissioner of Patents by President Taylor in 1849.
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