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Charles de Wolf Brownell (1822–1909), United States
Havana Bay
, ca. 1856–66
Oil on canvas
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Brownell—who, in the mid-1850s, wintered in Cuba with sugar plantation–owning relatives—stages a picturesque view devoid of signs of trade or labor. Tiny figures wear the brightly colored clothing of landowners or plantation managers and survey the scene from a high road; such figures invite the viewer to similarly behold verdant fields and the calm bay.

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