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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Portuguese Costume and Society in Images - from late 18th century to mid 19th century

Together with my recent discovery of those fine books about the French Invasions in our local library I also found lovely period images of portuguese women, painted by period vistors to our country and which I'll be sharing with you. Some are from late 18th century and others from mid 19th century. I will post them chronologically and according to author, so you can enjoy them better. Notice that some of them I had already posted in similar blog posts.

Felix Doumet (18th century)

Religious procession.

I have talked about these ladies in a post about peasants caps. These women would travell by donkey carrying vegetables, laundry and other heavy loads.

 A slave carrying a "blessed-child", also know as "angels". Children born dead or with physical handycaps would be considered blessed by god and would be publically displayed, while people, from rich to poor, would kiss them ask for their blessing.

A shepard, from the interior North regions of Portugal. These were some of the men that scared the French invaders, since one couldn't see them hiding in the bush.

A slave carrying a typicall nightpot, a "calhandra".

Marketplace in Lisbon.


James Murphy (Travels in Portugal,1795; A general view of the state of Portugal, 1798)

Young peasant women.
A rich merchant, his wife and her lady-in-waiting walking to church. I have talked before about how strict the male dominance was in Portuguese Society.

The interior of a Portuguese house. As said before, this is how most of Europe thought of Portugal, as a mix of Moorish and Western society, since the Iberian Peninsula wasn't well travelled and known.

William Bradford (1812)

 
A peasant from Guarda.


L'évéque (Portuguese Costumes, 1814)

Girl with cape and scarf.

Ladies going to church or visiting.

A melon seller from Setúbal.

A peasant from near Caldas da Rainha.

A peasant going to the market.

A woman asking for money for a mass.


William Morgan Kinsey (Portugal Illustrated, 1829)

Duck seller, fish seller, onion seller from Ovar, fisher.

Peasant from Trás-os-montes, benedictine none, chestnut seller, beggar.

Middle class from the Minho region.

Onion seller, honey cakes seller.

 
Auguste Whalen (Usages et Costumes de tous le Peuples du Monde, 1844)

 Fish seller.

Girl from Porto.

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