|An unmounted albumen print showing, according to a pencilled inscription on its reverse, “Chileans at play.” Of the two, seated women in the background, one is playing a guitar and one is playing a harp; a third woman is clapping her hands in time to the music. Two couples are dancing a cueca in the foreground, and table towards the left-hand edge of the image is covered with drinks.
The cueca is at the very heart of Chilean music; it is a courting dance for couples, both of whom make great play with a handkerchief waved aloft. Lively and vigorous, it’s seen to its best advantage when performed by a Huaso (Chilean cowboy-farmer) wearing spurs.
The print measures 6.9”’ by 9.1” (176 mm by 232 mm).
The photograph is reproduced in The Republic of Chile: The growth resources and industrial coniditons of a great nation by Marie Robinson Wright (1866-1914), published in London and Philadelphia in 1904.
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