Monday, June 02, 2008
: . Damian Domingo Online
(Colleccion de Trages de Manila tanto antiguos como modernos, de toda clase de yndias / dispuesta por D. Rafael Daniel Babon y dibujado p[o]r D. Damian Domingo, director la Academia de Dibujo de la R[ea]l Sociedad de Man[il]a.)
Outside the Philippines, one can catch a glimpse of how19th century, soon-to-be-Filipinos clothed (or "fashioned") themselves by examining tipos del país albums in foreign libraries. (Tipos del país albums are, of course, the quaint pastel precursors of the 1904 American-sponsored Album of Philippine Types (full text), a much blunter instrument, or less picturesque reminder, of colonial rule.) In New Jersey, the Princeton University Library recently uncovered an 1843 Justiniano Asuncion album somewhere in its stacks. In Manhattan, the New York Public Library has an earlier Asuncion album, dated 1841, which once was once mistakenly attributed to Damian Domingo. In Madrid, the Biblioteca Nacional de España, has a spectacular 1847 José Honorato Lozano album sumptuously reproduced in a coffee table book by diplomat Jose Maria A. Cariño (at PHP 5,375.00 or $119.44, the book is worth every penny). But the most important and earliest known Philippine tipos del país album is in Chicago's Newberry Library, a repository of rare Filipiniana. Created by Damian Domingo between 1827-1832, the album may have helped pioneer the genre of tipos del país, at least among Philippine-born artists. The album, after its brief Manila "homecoming", is now online.
(Indio Banquero de Manila / An Indian Waterman)
(India Ollera de Pasig /An Indian Pot-Maker of Pasig)
(Indio Carretonero de Manila/An Indian Carter)
Now, if someone could only prevail upon the Lilly Library to digitize the Boxer Codex...