A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac River
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, East, 3rd Floor
This painting from colonial Peru depicts the grounds of a country estate populated by privileged, peninsular Spaniards (people born in Spain) and members of the Creole elite (people of Spanish descent born in the Americas). They are accompanied by the Indigenous and African servants who dress, serve, and entertain them, thereby making the aristocrats’ leisure time possible. The unidentified artist completed this work in Lima, which was the capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru until that country gained its independence in the 1820s. While the white men wear suits fashionable at the time among cosmopolitan Europeans, their wealthy female counterparts dress in the characteristic native South American pollera ensemble, showing how the confluence of Indigenous and Spanish customs contributed to distinctive regional styles.
Oil on canvas
26 x 35 1/2 in. (66 x 90.2 cm)
frame: 33 5/8 x 43 x 2 in. (85.4 x 109.2 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange
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Lima School. A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac River, ca.1800. Oil on canvas, 26 x 35 1/2 in. (66 x 90.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.41 (Photo: Photograph courtesy of Derek Johns, Ltd., CUR.2012.41_Derek_Johns_Ltd_photograph.jpg)
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