Woman with long black braids and back riding a brown horse towards the left of the composition. She wears a yellow skirt with a blue cloth over her lap, a green poncho, and a white hat with a red ribbon ending in a bow. Next to the woman and the animal is a wooden barrel.
Following the description, the image belongs to a milk seller, who dispensed this drink from the cow or the donkey. By ordinance of the Lima council, it had to be pure and undiluted, although water was often poured into the milk. Inscription: "’Milkmaid’ oder Milchverkaufirin".
It belongs to the album "1871 Praetoria" which contains 39 sheets of which 25 are watercolors and 14 are illuminated lithographs. These images are an example of the nineteenth-century production of pictorial costumbrismo in Peru, a repertoire of typical characters -in this case from the city of Lima-, composed without much context, and rather characterized by their work and clothing.


  • Title: [Milkmaid]
  • Creator: Francisco "Pancho" Fierro (attributed)
  • Date Created: Around the middle of the 19th century
  • Location Created: Lima, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.5 x 21 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper

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