Early views of Brazil by Guilherme Gaensly

We acquired before the summer a large group of early Latin-American photographs, most of them titled in German. The album includes a interesting group of views of the state of Pernambuco, less travelled and photographed than Rio de Janeiro. The albumen prints are all attributed to Guilherme Gaensly (1843-1928) and dated from the late 1870’s to the mid 1880’s.

The port of Pernambuco, attributed to Guilherme Gaensly

The port of Pernambuco, attributed to Guilherme Gaensly

Born Wilhem Gänsli in 1843 in Switzerland, Gaensly moved to Brazil in 1848 when his father opened a cotton export company in the city of Salvador de Bahia.  In the early 1870’s, Gaensly worked in the Pernambuco studio of German photographer Alberto Henschel, at the time the most successful photographer in Brazil.

In 1875, Gaensly opened his own studio in Bahia, and in 1882 partnered with Rodolpho Lindemann to create the Gaensly-Lindemann studio. Around 1894, Gaensly moved to Sao Paolo, where he lived until his death in 1928.

Olinda, Pernambuco, attributed to Guilherme Gaensly

Olinda, Pernambuco, attributed to Guilherme Gaensly

 

Pernambuco, attributed to Guilherme Gaensly

Pernambuco, attributed to Guilherme Gaensly

The port of Bahia, Gaensly & Lindemann

The port of Bahia, Gaensly & Lindemann

On the bank of the Rio Vermelho, Bahia, by Guilherme Gaensly

On the bank of the Rio Vermelho, Bahia, by Guilherme Gaensly

The port of Bahia, by Gaensly & Lindemann

The port of Bahia, by Gaensly & Lindemann

Rio Vermelho, Bahia, by Gaensly & Lindemann

Rio Vermelho, Bahia, by Gaensly & Lindemann

Guilherme Gaensly credits, circa 1875

Guilherme Gaensly credits, circa 1875

Gaensly & Lindemann credits, circa 1882

Gaensly & Lindemann credits, circa 1882

Portrait of a Brasilian gentleman, by Alberto Henschel

Portrait of a Brasilian gentleman, by Alberto Henschel

Rio de Janeiro from the Corcovado, by Marc Ferrez

Rio de Janeiro from the Corcovado, by Marc Ferrez

Rio de Janeiro from the Corcovado, by Marc Ferrez

Rio de Janeiro from the Corcovado, by Marc Ferrez

Panorama of Rio de Janeiro, by Marc Ferrez

Panorama of Rio de Janeiro, by Marc Ferrez

Indian studio portrait by an anonymous photographer.

Indian studio portrait by an anonymous photographer.

 

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