Vue de la salle de spectacle sur la Place du Rocio, à Rio de Janeiro
"View of the Salle de Spectacle at the Place du Rocio, in Rio de Janeiro" (caption translation). In the background was the theatre, Salle de Spectacle, with miscellaneous urban scenes in the foreground of a plaza, Brazil. Two enslaved people carry a woman in a palanquin or covered litter, while a group of enslaved convicts carry water buckets on their heads, linked by chains around their necks. A uniformed guard with a sword is on the right. This engraving, by Lerouge and Bernard, but based on a drawing by Jacques Arago, was published in an elaborate Atlas of 112 plates, some in color, based on drawings made by various artists during a French geographical expedition in the early nineteenth century. The expedition visited Rio in in Dec. 1817-Feb. 1818. The Atlas accompanies a multi-volume account of the expedition, and is sometimes cataloged under the authorship of Ministere de la Marine et des Colonies, rather than Freycinet, the commander of the expedition. Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet (1779–1841) was a French navigator, who circumnavigated the earth, and in 1811, published the first map to show a full outline of the coastline of Australia.
Louis de Freycinet, Voyage Autour du Monde: entrepris par ordre du roi . . . pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820 . . . Atlas Historique par Mrs. J. Arago, A Pellion etc. (Paris, 1825), plate 7 (copy in Firestone Library, Rare Books, Princeton University).
de Freycinet, Louis
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South America--Brazil--Rio de Janeiro
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