Mural Paintings by Tim & Ana Plant – Page 1
Approach the Viscount with
due caution and respect
Irineu Evangelista de Souza, Visconde de Mauá, (1813 – 1889) received the lands around Visconde de Mauá as a concession from the Imperial Government of Brazil, but apparently never visited the place himself. His son Henrique installed the first colony, of mainly German and Swiss farmers, and named it after his father. The name of Visconde de Mauá is naturally quite familiar to the inhabitants and the many tourists who come here, but the personal appearance of the Visconde is not … or at least it wasn’t until now.
The Visconde de Mauá was the most
successful and celebrated businessman, banker and civil-engineering
entrepreneur during the latter part of the Empire, but his powerful position
did not endear him to the Emperor, Dom Pedro II. Even his title was less than
complimentary, since Mauá is not one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in
At one point the Visconde sent a beautiful
wheel barrow made of Jacaranda and a silver spade as a present to the Emperor,
to remind him of ‘the value of sweated
labour’ (see detail below). After the declaration of the Republic, Dom Pedro II
went into exile and died at the Hotel Bristol in
This mural was painted by us in 2012 on the end wall of the ‘Aldeia dos Imigrantes’ shopping centre in Visconde de Mauá. We did an earlier version of the mural on the same wall, without the portrait of the Viscount, in 1996.