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Vincente Urrabieta y Ortiz

Paris, France (Artist)

Vincente Urrabieta y Ortiz (1813 or 1823–1879) was a Spanish illustrator and lithographer, eventually active in Paris. The date and place of his birth are disputed: 1813 or 1823, Bilbao or Madrid. He was known as a skilled draftsman, illustrating novels and journals. In 1851, he travelled to France and England to study lithography, and in 1872, he worked as a correspondent for Le Monde Illustré in Paris. Urrabieta contributed lithographs of historic costume designs for Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique (Paris: Firmin-Didot and Co., 1888), a six-volume, folio edition of 500 chromolithograph plates, heightened with gold and silver. Le Costume historique is an encyclopaedic survey of costume through time, the publication made possible both by significant developments in color printing technology and a resurgence of interest in “the other” due to European colonialism. The publication’s emphasis was on traditional dress rather than innovative fashion and the relationship of costume to local history, custom, and social organization.

Vincente Urrabieta y Ortiz (1813 or 1823–1879)