Mining of Diamonds of Mr. Felisberto D'Andrade Brant


The Thereza Christina Maria collection is composed of 21,742 photos assembled by Emperor Pedro II (1825-91) throughout his life and donated by him to the National Library of Brazil. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects. It documents the achievements of Brazil and Brazilians in the 19th century and also includes many photographs of Europe, Africa, and North America. In 1868, photographer Augusto Riedel accompanied Luis Augusto, Duke of Saxe, son-in-law of Emperor Pedro II, on an expedition into the interior of Brazil. The expedition visited the city of Diamantina, in the state of Minas Gerais, which was a center of diamond mining. The photographs taken by Riedel during this visit were used more than 20 years later by José Maria da Silva Paranhos Júnior, the Barão of Rio Branco and the father of Brazilian diplomacy, to illustrate the album Sights du Brésil, which was shown at the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris. A well-preserved example of Brazilian baroque architecture, Diamantina was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

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Diamantina, Brazil


Title in Original Language

Lavra de diamantes do Sr. Felisberto D'Andrade Brant

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1 photo : albumin paper, black and white ; 23.6 x 27.9 centimeters

Last updated: May 24, 2017