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.