Domingo Echavarría, Haitian General Marching, 1845

Domingo Echavarría, Haitian General Marching, 1845
Haitian General Marching (General haitiano en march)
Woodcut, completed in 1845

Considered the first caricature to appear in printed form in the Dominican Republic. The Haitian General Marching, a woodcut completed in 1845, by Domingo Echavarría, one of the first working artist in Dominican history.

The work appeared in the newspaper 'El Dominicano' just one year after Dominican independence (1844) from Haiti. It is a representation of a Haitian general smoking a pipe and wearing sandals. The general also carries on one shoulder what appears to be vegetation, likely tobacco leaves, and fishes balanced on a wooden rod, while dragging a visibly famished dog, shown sticky his tongue out from the apparent struggle..

Domingo Echavarría (Santo Domingo, 1805-1849), considered the first engraver of importance that appears in our history. He was a painter, caricaturist and engraver.