Photograph album of Montevideo, 1892
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Title: Photograph album of Montevideo
Title supplied by cataloger.
Date (inclusive): 1892
Date from dealer description, and from historical references in photographs.
Collection number: 94/324
Fitz-Patrick, John, 1847-1928, photographer.
1 album (79 photographic prints) : albumen, 33 x 42 cm (album)
Photographs (19.4 x 24.4 cm) are mounted, one to a page, on versos and rectos of leaves of heavy white stock, bound with strips
of blue cloth tape; captions, and name and address of studio--"Fotografia Inglesa. Rincon 176"-- in negative along lower margin
of photograph; each leaf stamped "Fitz-Patrick Foto." and "Montevideo" in lower left and right corners, respectively.
All leaves show heavy foxing around all edges.
Bound in dark brown leather by "Al Libro Inglés, Calle 33, No. 61" in Montevideo; double gilt ruled borders; cover title "Montevideo"
in gold-stamped cursive; ornamental gilt spine; inner gilt dentelles; red moiré silk endpapers; all edges gilt; binder's ticket
on verso of front endleaf: "Al Libro Inglés. Tipografia, Ecuadernación y Fábrica de libros en blanco. Calle Trainta y Tres,
Abstract: Album of photographs of Montevideo, Uruguay and surrounding area from 1892 by John Fitz-Patrick.
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Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Howard Karno Books, February 2004.
[Identification of item], Photograph album of Montevideo (Collection 94/324). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E.
Young Research Library, UCLA.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
English photographer, one of the most noted and esteemed photographers of 19th-century Montevideo. Born in Newark, England
on November 3, 1847, Fitz-Patrick was educated in Belgium, traveled to the United States, and arrived in Uruguay in February
1858. After some years of private teaching, he again took up his old profession of photographer with the studio Masoni, where
he worked with Charles Wallace Chute (1846-1923) and Thomas Brooks, both American photographers who started the company of
Chute & Brooks in 1868 in Montevideo. Finally Fitz-Patrick opened his own studio, called Fotografía Inglesa, located in Calle
Rincón 176. He tirelessly documented all official events during this period of Uruguayan history , and produced a great collection
of negatives of great historical and social value. During the 1890s, his photos appeared regularly in the illustrated reviews,
La ilustración sudamericana, and Caras y caretas. Fitz-Patrick died in Montevideo on Nov. 2, 1928.
Scope and Content
Photographs include panoramic shots of the city from neighboring hilltops, from the tower of the cathedral, from the customs
wharf, and harbor. There are many architectural photographs of the buildings of the city: the municipal administration building,
hilltop fortress, cathedral, stock exchange, prison, Teatro Solís, charity hospital, orphanage, central market, art school,
town hall, gasworks, and Club Uruguay on the Plaza de la Constitución. Photos of four plazas--Cagancha, Constitución, Independencia,
and Zabala--document the importance for city of this type of urban space. Other photos portray the leafy avenues and large
fountains of the Parque El Prado. There are several photographs of the Los Pocitos neighborhood along the coast of Rio de
la Plata. Also included are views of the British cemetery at the Buceo, as well as the Cementerio Central, and Cementerio
del Buceo, served by horse-drawn rail car. In the nearby town of Colón, similar horse-drawn cars carry passengers along the
Avenida de Eucaliptus. Fitz-Patrick documented civic celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America,
in the Plaza de la Constitución, and the "Salida del Te Deum, agosto 25, de 1892, " showing throngs in the street, marching
bands, and military formations. Nine photographs attest to the importance of the cattle industry of Uruguay, with views of
roping, branding, and slaughtering at the "saladero" where salted meat is produced. Views of the countryside portray the traditional
landscape, as well as the modern constructions of tunnels, bridges, telephone poles and wires, and railroad tracks. Included
here are shots of the rail route ("F.C.C. Ext[ension] N[orte]") through Bañado de Rocha, Las Cañas, and Piriápolis, on the
coast of Rio de la Plata, east of Montevideo. The album concludes with a photo of a hotel in Colon, and a heavily-loaded oxcart.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Teatro Solís (Montevideo, Uruguay) --Photographs.
Palacio de Gobierno (Montevideo, Uruguay) --Photographs.
Horse-drawn rail cars --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Marching bands --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Plazas --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Harbors --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Fountains --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Church buildings --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Sailboats --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Ferries --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Parks --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Cemeteries --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Oxen --Uruguay --Photographs.
Ranching --Uruguay --Photographs.
Cattle trade --Uruguay --Photographs.
Sheep ranches --Uruguay --Photographs.
Steer roping --Uruguay --Photographs.
Cowboys --Uruguay --Photographs.
Cattle --Marking --Uruguay --Photographs.
Railroad tracks --Uruguay --Photographs.
Railroad tunnels --Uruguay --Photographs.
Railroad bridges --Uruguay --Photographs.
Hotels --Uruguay --Montevideo --Photographs.
Montevideo (Uruguay) --Photographs.
Montevideo (Uruguay) --Buildings, structures, etc. --Photographs.
Colón (Montevideo, Uruguay) --Photographs.
Piriápolis (Uruguay) --Photographs.
Prado (Montevideo, Uruguay) --Photographs.
Cerro de Montevideo (Montevideo, Uruguay) --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Albumen prints --Uruguay --Montevideo --1892.
Architectural photographs --Uruguay --Montevideo --1892.
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
Al Libro Inglés, binder.