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Sunday, October 20, 2013


Here's a link to a page which post illustrates an author who's pictures I have used in the past.
Roque Gameiro was a teacher, lithografist and artist, born late 19th century, who had the pleasure of drawing scenes from the Portuguese History, trying to be as accurate as possible, and by this I not only mean drawing a particular moment in time, but also the clothing, weapons, buildings and other little details one might expect to see when studying or researching History. It is as going on a travel in a time machine. Of course, like everything else, knowledge evolves too, and some of the thing thought as correct in the past, have now been proven as different in the light of new Historical findings. He has a long list of published pieces, wether written and painted. But anyway, it is always a pleasure of looking at Roque Gameiro's work.
The links will show you details of Portuguese social costumes in late 18th to early 19th century, depicting some scenes of the French Invasions. You will see transportation means, poplars and their apparel, street scenes, an woman struck by disease being carried, the convent of Mafra with a farmer’s market, dancing, poplars taking justice into their own hands and farming traditions. Enjoy!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Palhares, a link

It seems that this month I'll be posting some links to interesting data. This time it's about an author who's drawing I have posted in the past. Although from the romantic period, I think his pictures still show some of what was in this country 50 years back. But please keep in mind, it is not early 19th century anymore!
Here's the link to the National Library and below some of the images.


Alentejano (a man from Alentejo, the region between the river Tagus and the Algarve), colecção Palhares, 1850.

Peasants from de island of S. Miguel (Azores archipelago), colecção Palhares, 1850.

Campinos (men that handles cattle, bulls and horses, from the Ribatejo area, from near Lisbon), colecção Palhares, 1850.

Woman from Murtosa, colecção Palhares, 1850.

Woman from Portalegre, colecção Palhares, 1850. I believe she's a widow.

A fisherman from Barreiro and Seixal (on the left bank of the Tagus river), colecção Palhares, 1850.