View of the Serra do Pilar and the Suspension Bridge

Vista da Serra do Pilar e Ponte Pênsil

Joaquim Manuel das Neves

Black ink and chisel engraving

Inventory sheet

Spontaneous recording of the customs activity of the old fluvial port located on the Ribeira.
On the quay, the barrels are hoisted from a vessel by means of cranes and the ox cart awaits its loading. On the river are the Valbom boats that used to transport the barrels between the two banks of the river. Near the Vila Nova bank, a steamboat is represented and, in the distance, we can see the old suspension bridge (1843-1877). This bridge was a daring work for its time, built by the French engineer, Stanislás Bigot. Its slightly elevated construction safeguarded it from the river floods.