NP (Montevideo, Uruguay?): Estudio Fotografico de Chute & Brooks, nd (ca.1880's). Oblong photo album, 4 1/2 x 7 1/4 in., bound in burgundy pebbled cloth (spine slightly faded), gilt title on front cover. Twelve original photos, mounted on stubs, each with a white lettered caption along the lower margin of the photo. All are clear and in very good condition. Verso of each bears the stamp of the Chute & Brooks studio, either in Montevideo, or with both the Montevideo and Buenos Aires addresses, plus a note of their silver medal award for photography at the Paris International Exhibition, 1878. Each photograph measures 4 x 6 1/4 in. The images include: Mercado Nuevo, La Fuente, Calle Zabala, Mercado del Puerto, Quinta de D. Pancho Gomez, Calle Sarandi, Calle de 25 de Mayo (a sign partially visible on one of buildings shows "Estudi-- Chute y--"), Vista General, Teatro Solis, Casa de Gobierno, Calle 18 de Julio, and La Matriz. Item #60277
Charles Wallace Chute (1846-1923) and Thomas Brooks were American photographers who began their photography business in Montevideo in 1868. They operated studios both in Uruguay and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and according to John Hannavy's "Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography," [Routledge: 2013] were famous for the quality of their portraits. They also published views of various cities in Latin America, and branched out to establish studios in Rio de Janeiro, Havana and New York by the turn of the century.
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