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Sacred Images of the Indians, Province of Antioquia
The figures depicted in this watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) represent sacred symbols, probably made of gold. The province of Antioquia, Colombia, was famous for its abundance of gold, prized by both the indigenous people and the Spanish colonizers. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born in London but ...
Antique Pottery: Brazier, Pitcher, or Vessel for Offerings, Province of Antioquia
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts pottery from Colombia decorated with zoomorphic figures. The term brasero in the lower-left corner suggests that these items may have been used as braziers, but they also could have been ritual vessels for sacred offerings. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born ...
Buriticá Indian Male and Female, Province of Antioquia
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–1863) depicts an Indian man and woman from the town of Buriticá in the province of Antioquia, Colombia. The note in bottom-left margin states: “Colonel Codazzi believes that this (pure) ethnic group is almost extinct.” Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born in London ...
Santa Rosa de Osos, Province of Antioquia
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) shows a rugged landscape with the city of Santa Rosa de Osos in the background. The scene is from the province of Antioquia (present-day Department of Antioquia), Colombia. Located in the central northwestern part of the country, Antioquia is a region of mountains and valleys that lies partly in the Andes mountain range. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history ...
Confluence of the River Grande and River Chico, Province of Antioquia
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts a landscape showing the confluence of the River Grande and River Chico, in the area of Santa Rosa de Osos in the province of Antioquia (present-day Department of Antioquia), Colombia. Located in the central northwestern part of the country, Antioquia is a region of mountains and valleys that lies partly in the Andes mountain range. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural ...
Inhabitants of Antioquia
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) shows people of different social strata and occupations, gathered in a public square of the city of Antioquia, Antioquia (present-day Department of Antioquia), Colombia. Part of a church or cathedral is visible behind the figures on the left, and in the background are the Andes Mountains. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic ...
Sonsón Mountain, Province of Córdova
This sketch in pencil and watercolor wash by Henry Price (1819–63) is said to be the only work attributed to this artist that is signed – with the initials E.P. (for Enrique Price) in the lower right-hand corner. The sketch is from a lush tropical forest in the province of Córdova, Colombia, and shows three men dwarfed by the dense backdrop of trees, lianas, and thicket. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with ...
Rocky Mountain of Entrerríos, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) shows a large rocky structure against the background of a mountainous landscape. The small figures on the trail in the lower right emphasize the scale of the rock. The scene is from an area close to the present-day town of Entrerríos in Antioquia (present-day Department of Antioquia), Colombia. Price made several paintings of these conspicuous natural landmarks. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography ...
Inhabitants of Ríonegro, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) focuses, as do many of his works, on the common people of a particular region of Colombia, in this case the province of Córdova (present-day Department of Antioquia). Antioquia lies in the north of the country and its inhabitants included descendants of the Spanish colonists, indigenous Zenue, black Africans whose ancestors were brought to Colombia as slaves, and Arab immigrants. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with ...
Maize Harvesters in Ríonegro, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts maize harvesters from Ríonegro in the province of Córdova (present-day Department of Antioquia). Antioquia lies in the north of the country and its inhabitants included descendants of the Spanish colonists, indigenous Zenue, black Africans whose ancestors were brought to Colombia as slaves, and Arab immigrants. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic ...
The Plateau of Herveo, Ruiz, Tolima, Santa Isabel, and Great Crater, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts a plateau and volcanic mountains, with Nevado del Ruiz, also known as the Mesa de Herveo, on the right, and Tolima and Santa Isabel seen in the distance. Men in colorful ponchos are surveying the area. Price labels the scene as located in the province of Córdova; other sources identify it as in the province of Mariquita, about 130 kilometers west of Bogotá. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission ...
The Rock of Guatapé, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts a large rock formation near Medellín (present-day Antioquia Department), Colombia. The annotation in the lower left gives the height, width, and circumference of the formation and indicates that the measurements were needed by Colonel Codazzi for mapmaking. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He ...
People of Manizales, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts a scene in Manizales, province of Córdova (present-day Department of Caldas), Colombia. Four people who presumably have just ascended from the steep ravine in the background are shown, including two women and a porter and his passenger. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He ...
Goddess in Gold, from a Grave or Tomb of the Indians, near Neira, Province of Córdova
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts a goddess, probably made of gold. The annotation at the bottom indicates that it was found at an Indian burial site near Neira (present-day Caldas Department), Colombia. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born in London but moved to New York with ...
Gold Washing in the Río Guadalupe, Province of Medellín
This watercolor shows women panning for gold in the Guadalupe River, north of the city of Medellín, province of Medellín (present-day Antioquia Department), Colombia. The extraction of gold was one of the main economic activities in this area. The illustration is by Henry Price (1819–63), a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). Price was ...
A Gathering of Laborers in Angostura de la Candelaria, Río Guadalupe, Province of Medellín
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) depicts men performing a cuelga, a gathering in which men provide work in exchange for food. The men are shown fishing in the Guadalupe River, north of the city of Medellín (present-day Antioquia), Colombia. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born in London ...
Typical Inhabitants of the Province of Medellín
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) portrays five people of the province of Medellín (present-day Antioquia Department), Colombia. The dress and facial characteristics of the individuals shown are intended to represent the main ethnic and racial groups among the inhabitants of the province, which included people of indigenous, Spanish colonial, mestizo, and Afro-Colombian origin. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of ...
Inhabitants of Medellín, Capital of the Province of Antioquia
This watercolor of a domestic scene by Henry Price (1819–63) portrays an elegant upper-class couple in Medellín, the provincial capital of Antioquia, Colombia. The couple are clearly of European descent, and their stylish attire and the furnishings in their home reflect their high social status. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama ...
The Guadalupe Waterfall, Province of Medellín
This striking watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) shows the waterfall on the Guadalupe River, northeast of Medellín, Colombia. In the lower right are seen the figures of a surveying team at work, their small sizes pointing up the enormity of the falls. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born ...
A Miner and Shopkeeper, Province of Medellín
This watercolor by Henry Price (1819–63) shows a miner and a shopkeeper in the province of Medellín (present-day Antioquia Department), Colombia, completing a transaction. As in many of Price’s works, people of different ethnic origins and status in life are depicted. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born ...
Indian Earthenware from Medellín
In his watercolors and drawings, Henry Price (1819–63) often depicted everyday artifacts used by the indigenous people of Colombia. Shown here is Indian earthenware from the province of Medellín. Price was a British painter and musician who was one of the draftsmen of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission), a body tasked with studying the geography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). He was born in London but moved to New York with his family as an adolescent ...
Saliva Indian Women Making Cassava Bread, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820–1902) depicts, in a manner typical of Paz’s style, Saliva women in Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia, making bread from the cassava root. For Paz, the features of the individuals portrayed were often less important than characteristics typical of an ethnic or social group. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca. He joined the Colombian army at a young age and showed exceptional skills as a cartographer and painter. In 1853 he took over the role of draftsman ...
Guahibo Indians, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820–1902) depicts Guahibo Indians in Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia. The Guahibo were once present in large numbers in the eastern regions of Colombia known as Los Llanos (The Plains), of which Casanare is part. Although now much reduced in number, the Guahibo are still one of Colombia’s major indigenous ethnic groups. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca. He joined the Colombian army at a young age and showed exceptional skills as a cartographer and painter. In ...
View of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Chita, or Güicán, from Moreno, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820–1902) shows the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy (also called Sierra Nevada de Chita or Sierra Nevada de Güicán), as seen from the town of Moreno, Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia. At more than 5,000 meters, these peaks form the highest part of the Cordillera Orientale, the longest and widest of the three Andean mountain ranges. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca. He joined the Colombian army at a young age and showed exceptional skills as a cartographer ...
Colombian Cattle Herders Branding Livestock by Cutting Their Ears, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820–1902) shows cattlemen branding calves, employing a method commonly used at the time. The scene is from Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia, which is located in Los Llanos (The Plains), a region of eastern Colombia characterized by vast grasslands crossed by the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca. He joined the Colombian army at a young age and showed exceptional skills as a cartographer and painter. In 1853 he took over the role ...
Mulattoes and an Indian Fishing, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) shows the different methods of fishing employed by people in Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia. The man identified as a mulatto has caught a large fish with a hook and line, while the Indian uses a bow and arrow. Another man in the background uses a fishing rod. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and depicted the daily activities and traditional customs of the country’s different ethnic, racial, and ...
View of the Main Square of Moreno, the Capital of Casanare, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) shows the slow pace of life in Moreno, a small town that was then the capital of Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia, and which today is known as Paz de Ariporo. Because many of Moreno’s inhabitants were cattle ranchers, most of its houses were scattered over a vast rural area. The capital of Casanare is now Yopal. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and depicted the daily activities and ...
Saliva Indians Dancing, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) shows a scene in which Saliva Indians of Casanare Province (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia, are dancing and enjoying music. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and depicted the daily activities and traditional customs of the country’s different ethnic, racial, and social groups. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca. He joined the Colombian army at a young age and showed exceptional skills as a cartographer and painter ...
Village on the Banks of the Meta River, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) appears to show a scene from one of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission) expeditions in the province of Casanare (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia. A small group of indigenous people are engaged in preparing a meal alongside two men from the commission. One man is reading a map; the other is examining a gun. The scene is placed on the banks of the River Meta. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and ...
View of a Village on the Banks of the River Meta, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) depicts people of different ethnic groups living in an unidentified village in the province of Casanare (present-day Casanare Department), Colombia. Casanare was then a region of  small rural villages and cattle ranches. The caption at the bottom identifies the individuals as zambo (sambo in English; mixed-race Amerindian and African), mestizo (mixed-race Caucasian and Amerindian), and mulato (mixed-race Caucasian and African). The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and depicted the daily activities ...
View of the River Meta from Orocué, near the Old Macuco Mission, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820-1902) shows a scene at the edge of the River Meta in Casanare Province (now Casanare Department), Colombia, in the Llanos Orientales (The Eastern Plains) region. The river port of Orocué was close to San Miguel de Macuco, one of the most important missions (active from about 1730 to 1825) to the Saliva Indians. The Meta flows into the Orinoco, which now forms the border between Colombia and Venezuela. In this vast and sparsely populated area, rivers were often the only transport routes. The ...
General View of The Plains, Province of Casanare
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) shows the plains in the eastern part of Colombia, known as the Llanos, which are vast open grasslands. The sparsely populated northern plains lie east of the Colombian Andes, largely in present-day Casanare and Vichada Departments where the traditional economic activity was raising cattle. The Llanos also stretch south to the tropical Orinoco River basin and to Venezuela. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and depicted the daily activities and traditional ...
View of the Snow-capped Mount Chita and of the Great Snowfields near Güicán, Province of Tundama
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows the snow-covered Chita Mountains in the municipality of Güicán, Tundama Province (present-day Boyacá Department), northeast Colombia. Most of Güicán falls within the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy National Park, which has a number of peaks above 5,000 meters. Before colonization the area was populated by the Güiccanes Chibcha people. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio Páez, a hero of Venezuelan independence and three times president). He studied art ...
White and Mestizo Inhabitants, Tundama Province
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows three individuals representing  different ethnic and racial groups living in Tundama Province (present-day Boyacá Department), northeast Colombia. As indicated on the caption, shown are a man of European extraction and two mestizos (people of mixed Indian and European ancestry).  Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio Páez, a hero of Venezuelan independence and three times president). He studied art in New York when still a youth. He returned home ...
Notable Citizens, Province of Tundama
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows citizens in Tundama Province (present-day Boyacá Department), northeast Colombia. The individuals are all well-dressed. The couple in the foreground appears to be of European extraction, while the individual behind the tree may be mestizo. In his paintings, Fernández  often focused on types rather than individuals, as he tried to represent the general traits of people of different ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio ...
A House in Boyacá, General Headquarters in 1819, Province of Tunja
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows a house in the town of Boyacá in the then-province of Tunja (present-day Boyacá Department), in northeast Colombia. The house probably served as the headquarters of Simón Bolívar, who led patriots to victory over the Spanish in the Battle of Boyacá on August 7, 1819, liberating much of the colony of New Granada. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio Páez, a hero of Venezuelan independence and three times ...
The Engraved Rock of Gámeza, Province of Tundama
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows the Gámeza Rock art in Tundama Province (present-day Boyacá Department), northeast Colombia. The caption below the picture says that the great rock once dammed Lake Sogamoso, and that its surface was smoothed by the action of the water. When the rock was dislodged, the resulting flood was a great catastrophe, which the native people recorded in their incised petroglyphs. Sogamoso was once a sacred place of the pre-Columbian Chibcha. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family ...
White and Mestizo Inhabitants, Tunja Province
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows three inhabitants of Tunja Province (present-day Boyacá Department), northeast Colombia. The caption identifies the individuals as white, or of European ancestry, and Indian mestizo, meaning of mixed European and Indian ancestry. The men carry tools and are engaged in some kind of physical labor. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio Páez, a hero of Venezuelan independence and three times president). He studied art in New York when still ...
Notables of the Capital, Province of Tunja
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows three citizens of Tunja, now the capital of Boyacá Department, in northeast Colombia, and at that time both a provincial capital and the name of a province. The man and the two women depicted are well dressed and probably intended by Fernández to be seen as representatives of the prosperous provincial elite. Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio Páez, a hero of Venezuelan independence and three times president ...
View of the Field of the Battle of Boyacá that Led to the Freedom of the Country, Province of Tunja
This watercolor by Carmelo Fernández (1809−87) shows the site of the Battle of Boyacá, located at a height of some 3,000 meters in Tunja Province (present-day Boyacá Department), in northeast Colombia. Boyacá, which was fought on August 7, 1819, was the decisive battle in the struggle for independence from Spain of the colony of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). Fernández was born in San José de Guama, Venezuela, into a well-connected family (he was the nephew of José Antonio Páez, a hero of Venezuelan independence and three ...
The Square of Barbacoas, Province of Barbacoas
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) shows several people in the main town square of Barbacoas (present-day Nariño Department), Colombia. Situated in a valley near the southwest Pacific coast, Barbacoas was the center of an extensive gold- and platinum-mining industry that flourished from the mid-17th century. The mines were worked by indigenous laborers and African slaves. Barbacoas was also the name of a province when Paz painted this picture in 1853. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity of the population of New ...
Men Crafting Feluccas and Canoes, Province of Barbacoas
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820−1902) shows two men at work building boats in Barbacoas (present-day Nariño Department), Colombia. Located in the far southwest of Colombia near the border with Ecuador, Barbacoas is both a town and was the name of a province when Paz painted this picture. The man on the left is finishing a canoe. Behind the individual on the right is a felucca, inside the rough shelter. Transport of goods by river to the Pacific Ocean was an important aspect of the provincial economy of ...