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New early views of Venezuela, 1890

Main street of Barcelona, Anzoategui, 1890

Main street of Barcelona, Anzoategui, 1890

We just acquired this amazing album of early views of Venezuela, mostly Anzoategui and Vargas states, dated 1890. It comes from a Corsican family, probably a member, or a friend, of the Dominici family. The Dominici emigrated to Venezuela in the late 18th century and settled in Sucre state. They gave a least three importants venezuelians : Anibal Dominici (1837-1897) lawyer and politician, first Minister of Education of Venezuela ; Santos Dominici (1869-1954) prominent doctor and writer ; Pedro Cesar Dominici (1873-1954), writer and diplomat.

A street view of Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui, 1890

A street view of Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui, 1890

The owner of this album was most likely an engineer, with a strong interest in metallic structures.

As far as we know, most of these prints are unique.

Caribe indians

Caribe indians

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Construction of the Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

Quebrada de Guanta

The beach of  Guanta

Quebrada de Guanta

Quebrada de Guanta

The Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

The Wharf at Guanta, Anzoategui, 1890

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas going thru Maiquetia

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas going thru Maiquetia

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas, Maiquetia

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

The railway from La Guaira to Caracas

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https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Dominici

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https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anìbal_Dominici

Rare views of Caracas and Puerto Cabello, circa 1890

We just acquired these unusual views of Venezuela. Most of the prints are in pretty bad condition, but a few offer a glimpse of Old Venezuela. These photographs were part of a travel album dated 1890-1891, probably from a French traveller in the West Indies and the northern coast of South America. Especially interesting are the views of Puerto Cabello, a city way off the beaten track and seldom seen in photography of this era.

CALLE DEL COMERCIO EN PUERTO CABELLO, CIRCA 1890

CALLE DEL COMERCIO EN PUERTO CABELLO, CIRCA 1890

CAMPO DE SANTA CRUZ, PUERTO CABELLO, CIRCA 1890

CAMPO DE SANTA CRUZ, PUERTO CABELLO, CIRCA 1890

CAMPO CERCANO DE PUERTO CABELLO, PASO REAL, CIRCA 1890

CAMPO CERCANO DE PUERTO CABELLO, PASO REAL, CIRCA 1890

Caza el las cercanias de Puerto cabello, circa 1890

Caza el las cercanias de Puerto cabello, circa 1890

We have found precious few views of Puerto Cabello in public collections in Venezuela. The author of these photographs is unknown, and will probably remain so. It looks like the work of a skilled amateur…

The following photographs of Caracas are less rare, with the exception of an interesting view of la Pastora, one of the oldest “parroquias” of Caracas. The views of Plaza Bolivar are remarkably lively.

PARROQUIA LA PASTORA, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

PARROQUIA DE ANTIMANO, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

 

Pont Crespo, Caracas, Venezuela. Circa 1890.

Pont Crespo, Caracas, Venezuela. Circa 1890.

PLAZA BOLIVAR, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

PLAZA BOLIVAR, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

CASA PRESIDENCIAL, CASA AMARILLA, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

CASA PRESIDENCIAL, CASA AMARILLA, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

PLAZA BOLIVAR, PALACIO EPISCOPAL, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

PLAZA BOLIVAR, PALACIO EPISCOPAL, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

PLAZA BOLIVAR, PALACIO EPISCOPAL, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

CLOSE UP OF PLAZA BOLIVAR, PALACIO EPISCOPAL, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890

We could not find anything on the photograph of Puente Crespo. The caption in French says “pont Crespo”, but there is no mention of such a bridge in Caracas. We will welcome any information on this view.

 

Rare Panorama of Caracas, circa 1900

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We would like to share with you this rare panorama of Caracas taken by an anonymous photographer circa 1900. As far as we know this is a unique print.

(Click on the image below to see it full size)

This photograph was taken from El Calvario and it is almost a 360° view of the valley. Over a meter long it is a striking and highly detailed view of the city. It’s especially interesting to see the whole Avila almost barren – way before the mountain was replanted.

It is a 5-plate panorama, on printing out paper and it measures 18 x 116 cms.

Next, we are showing you plate by plate starting from left to right.

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Plate #1

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Plate #2

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Plate #3

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Plate #4

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Plate #5

These close ups help us have an idea of the day-to-day life in the city.

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Close up #1

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Close up #2

Panorama of Caracas, Venezuela circa 1900.

Panorama of Caracas – Close up #3

 

Rare Views of Caracas circa 1880

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As a Carnaval gift to all our Caraqueños friends we are happy to share with you this wonderful album of early Venezuelan photographs.

Although the prints were clearly made in France as indicated by the credit of a Parisian photography agency and the written captions in French, we just acquired this album from an Argentinian private collection.

The quality of conservation and the beauty of the images is astonishing. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we have.

Especially moving for all Caraqueños is the very rare view of a small village, 15km from the city, called Petare.

We are still working on the attribution but were too giddy with the album to not share it quickly. We will keep you informed of our findings…

Caracas

Caracas vue prise de la promenade du Calvaire. (Sud-Est). Le théâtre – L’Église de l’assomption. / View of Caracas taken from the promenade of El Calvario. (South-East). The theatre – La Iglesia de la Asunción.

Caracas vue prise de la promenade du Calvaire. (Sud-Est). Le théâtre – L’Église de l’assomption. / View of Caracas taken from the promenade of El Calvario. (South-East). The theatre – La Iglesia de la Asunción.

Caracas vue prise de la promenade du Calvaire. (Sud-Est). Le théâtre – L’Église de l’assomption. / View of Caracas taken from the promenade of El Calvario. (South-East). The theatre – La Iglesia de la Asunción.

Detail of the image above.

Caracas vue prise à l’ouest de la promenade du Calvaire. Le palais du Congrès. / View to the west of Caracas taken from the promenade of the Calvario. The Palace of Congress.

Caracas vue prise à l’ouest de la promenade du Calvaire. Le palais du Congrès. / View to the west of Caracas taken from the promenade of the Calvario. The Palace of Congress.

Faubourg de Caracas. La route d’Antimano et la vallée du Guayre. / Neighborhood of Caracas. The route to Antimano and the valley of the Guayre.

Faubourg de Caracas. La route d’Antimano et la vallée du Guayre. / Neighborhood of Caracas. The route to Antimano and the valley of the Guayre.

Caracas – La nouvelle route de Santa Lucia. / Caracas – The new route to Santa Lucia.

Caracas – La nouvelle route de Santa Lucia. / Caracas – The new route to Santa Lucia.

Caracas – La nouvelle route de Santa Lucia. / Caracas – The new route to Santa Lucia.

Detail of the image above.

Petare c. 1880

Le bourg de Pétare à 15 kilomètres de Caracas. / The village of Petare 15km from Caracas.

La statue du général Guzmán Blanco, chef du pouvoir exécutif. La façade de l’université à Caracas. / The statue of general Guzmán Blanco, Chief Executive. The façade of the university in Caracas.

La statue du général Guzmán Blanco, chef du pouvoir exécutif. La façade de l’université à Caracas. / The statue of general Guzmán Blanco, Chief Executive. The façade of the university in Caracas.

L’entrée de Caracas par la route de la Palomère (sic.) / The entrance to Caracas from the route of Palomère (sic.)

L’entrée de Caracas par la route de la Palomère (sic.) / The entrance to Caracas from the route of Palomère (sic.)

L’entrée de Caracas par la route de la Palomère (sic.) / The entrance to Caracas from the route of Palomère (sic.)

Detail of the image above.

Le jardin public du Calvaire à Caracas. / The public gardens of the Calvario in Caracas.

Le jardin public du Calvaire à Caracas. / The public gardens of the Calvario in Caracas.

Le square de la place Bolivar à Caracas. / The gardens on Bolivar Square in Caracas.

Le square de la place Bolivar à Caracas. / The gardens on Bolivar Square in Caracas.

Le square de la place Bolivar à Caracas. / The gardens on Bolivar Square in Caracas.

Detail of the image above.

Three Unusual Venezuelan Photographs

Last week was an interesting one for our collection since we found three new images of Venezuela. A rare occurrence…

The first one is a signed and captioned photograph on gelatin printing-out paper by the first Venezuelan photojournalist, Henrique Avril. The photo portrays a homeless family as a consequence of the civil war in 1903. We haven’t been able to find many signed, original photographs by him; we’ve mostly found reproductions of his photographs when they were published in the magazine “El Cojo Ilustrado”. Nevertheless, we are aware that the National Library of Venezuela and the Boulton Foundation have photographs by Avril but we have yet to verify if they are signed or not. Do you know of any other institutions that have original work by Avril?

Familia desamparada. Consecuencias de la guerra. 1903. Foto Avril.

Familia desamparada. Consecuencias de la guerra. 1903. Foto Avril.

The second one in an anonymous stereoscope of the Universidad de Caracas (nowadays the Universidad Central de Venezuela) in 1896, which had established itself in the Convent of San Francisco. After the university relocated to a new campus in 1952, the building became home to the National Academies, or the Palacio de las Academias.

Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1896, Caracas. El Convento de San Francisco fue objeto de una reparación y se convirtió en el Palacio de las Academias.

Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1896, Caracas. El Convento de San Francisco fue objeto de una reparación y se convirtió en el Palacio de las Academias. Photographer unknown.

Of the third, we don’t know much. It is an albumen print of the Morillo Bridge in Valencia. We know it was taken before 1886 because that’s when the tramway construction began, and there is no trace of it anywhere.

Puente Morillo, Valencia, Venezuela.

Puente Morillo, Valencia, Venezuela. Photographer unknown.

If you have any information about any of these photographs, we would love to hear from you.