Buenos Aires: R. Kratzenstein, [ca. 1855]. Lithographs, measuring on average 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, on slips of blue or white paper, likely clipped from the top of pictorial letter sheets. Light edge wear. Very good. Matted. Item #WRCAM41253
An attractive group of lithographic vignettes of scenes in and around Buenos Aires. These images were published by Rodolfo Kratzenstein, who was one of the leading lithographers in Buenos Aires from the mid-1850s, and are likely from pictorial letter sheets issued by his firm in that period. One illustration shows a long stretch of the cityscape of Buenos Aires from the harbor, and several ships are shown in the choppy waters of the port. Other images show the "Casa de Justicia" (the courts) and the "Palermo" neighborhood. Two other images (one of them here in two examples) show scenes in the countryside outside Buenos Aires, both of them depicting men on horseback dealing with wagons in difficult terrain. Pictorial letter sheets from Argentina are uncommon, and these are attractive images.