Portrait of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and a view of the City of Buenos Aires from a July 29, 1871 page of Harper's Weekly. Also known as Journal of Civilization, Harper's Weekly was a New York City based periodical political magazine started in 1857. It was aimed at middle and upper socioeconomic classes and only published what it considered fit for the entire family to read. Among other subjects, it provided an outstanding coverage of the US Civil War and New York Tammany Hall politics. At the time, a labor intensive wood block printing technique was used for illustrations. It consisted in drawing the image on a block of wood and then cutting the block into smaller pieces to expedite the carving process by having separate engravers work on each piece. The blocks were later bolted together to print the image on paper. Thin separation lines, evidence of this process, can be seen in illustrations of this type. Pedro II, member of the Brazilian branch of the House of Braganza, was the second ruler of the Empire of Brazil. Also known as "the magnanimous," he ruled for 58 years, was well like by his people but in 1889 was deposed by a political / military coup to which he held little opposition. He spend his last years in France where he lived modestly and died two years later in 1891. He was given a state funeral by the French government attended by government and European Royal families representatives. He was buried at the Royal Pantheon of the House of Braganza near Lisbon, Portugal. It comes ready to display nicely matted and framed. In very good used condition with minor imperfections to paper as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 23" by 17 1/2" by 1"; Sheet: 16 by 10 5/8" approximately.