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
CAMPO DE SANTA CRUZ, PUERTO CABELLO, CIRCA 1890
CAMPO CERCANO DE PUERTO CABELLO, PASO REAL, 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 DE ANTIMANO, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890
Pont Crespo, Caracas, Venezuela. Circa 1890.
PLAZA BOLIVAR, CARACAS, CIRCA 1890
CASA PRESIDENCIAL, CASA AMARILLA, 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.