[Peruvian Cavalry]

AnonymousAround the middle of the 19th century

National Library of Peru

National Library of Peru
Lima, Peru

Man in profile riding a horse heading to the left. He wears mustaches and wears a uniform, in addition to chaps and black shoes, blue pants, although covered with a white cape that ends in a red border. He wears a tall top hat with a yellow visor and ribbon. The horse is brown in color and has its front legs raised ready to move forward.
The character represented may have belonged to the Peruvian Army, an institution that was born with the wars of independence, and that during its first decades was tied to caudillista political loyalties. Inscription: "Peruanischer Cavallerist".
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: [Peruvian Cavalry]
  • Creator: Anonymous
  • Date Created: Around the middle of the 19th century
  • Location Created: Lima, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: 23 x 21 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper

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