The beautifully illustrated Reflections of Guatemala: Costume and Life in the 19th Century emerged from the recent discovery of four nineteenth-century sketchbooks in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Produced by French diplomat to Guatemala Léonce Angrand, the books contain watercolors and pencil sketches of Guatemalan daily life and dress in the 1850s, particularly of laboring Mayans and ladinos (those of mixed-race descent) as well as maps and drawings of Mayan archaeological sites. As authors Coryn Greatorex-Bell and Christopher Lutz explain, Angrand's illustrations referenced and built on British ex-patriot Juan Galindo's earlier sketches and watercolors from the 1830s. Greatorex-Bell and Lutz valuably connect these nineteenth-century figures and reproduce their illustrations for the first time alongside other recently discovered early nineteenth-century watercolors and formerly unpublished late nineteenth-century photographs.

This volume is a most welcome contribution for those interested in nineteenth-century Guatemala, particularly given the...

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