The Marketplace of Buenos Aires

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Marketplace of Buenos Aires with the fort, fish and poultry sellers, and passers-by.
Market place.
(facing p. 23.)

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Hand-colored aquatint showing the marketplace in Buenos Aires, with a view of the Recova (the meat-market), carts, fish and poultry sellers, passers-by, and buyers walking away with their purchases.
The market is described as follows by the author:

Between the beef-market and the fort stand the fish-carts. Vegetables and fruit are sold in front of the spirit-houses, and under the south piazza. A double line is formed from the north to the south angle by the dealers in poultry, eggs, &c.; and in the peach season, a range of carts stands between them and the piazza; under which, however, in wet weather, all who have not carts seek a sheltered station.

Ladies never go to market; gentlemen sometimes take the trouble; but in general it is left to a servant, or rather a confidential slave. Two of these are seen in the foreground with their provision for the day, of which two articles are remarkable — partridges and armadillos.

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