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Spanish colonial arts [graphic] /
BANC PIC 2009.062--ffALB
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Spanish colonial arts


Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984


Applegate, Frank G. (Frank Guy), 1881-1931


Austin, Mary, 1868-1934


Layton, E. E. Wentworth.


Chiefly proof photographs intended for illustration of Spanish colonial arts, an unpublished manuscript, depicting a range of Spanish colonial crafts of New Mexico, including furniture, textiles, sculpture and decorative art -- e.g. chests, tin craft, blankets and other weavings, doors, tables, beds, chairs, cupboards, embroidery, retablos, and bultos. Also includes one photograph (on leaf no. 23) by E.E. Wentworth Layton depicting a penitente meeting house with crosses.


ca. 1930 (issued)


Folk art -- New Mexico -- Photographs
Furniture, Spanish colonial -- New Mexico -- Photographs
Art, Spanish colonial -- New Mexico -- Photographs
Decorative arts, Spanish colonial -- New Mexico -- Photographs


by Frank Applegate and Mary Austin ; illustrations by Ansel Adams ; and foreword by T.M. Pearce.
Title from typescript label adhered to front cover.
Album lacks text; only includes photographs and captions. A related manuscript by Austin and Applegate with same title is owned by the Museum of New Mexico.
Additional ms annotation on front cover label: Given to Ina Sizer Cassidy by daugher of Frank Applegate. The publication of this book will not take place. Decision made some years ago. Material out of date, etc. C.R. Buell.
Most prints are accompanied by typescript caption labels adhered to leaves. Backs of most prints also bear extensive ms captions in pencil. Captions include references to page numbers of unpublished manuscript.
Photographs mounted on numbered album leaves via corner slits.
Spanish colonial arts, BANC PIC 2009.062--ffALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Norma Lumpkins ; 2009.
"Between 1928 and 1930 Adams created photographs for two collaborative projects with Mary Austin. One was the book Taos Pueblo published in 1930 and the other was the never completed project on Spanish Colonial Arts in the United States. Both projects came at a very important time in Adams' photographic career as he was making the transition from the fine art photography known as pictorialism to a more modern vision in photography." (From appraisal of album by book dealer Michael Dawson.) "At the time [this project] was a pioneering endeavour and would have been the first full-length illustrated study of Hispanic New Mexican folk art." (From Ansel Adams and Spanish colonial arts, Theresa Salazar, History of Photography, v.22 no.2, 1998.)


Photograph albums.

Physical Description:

1 album (89 photographic prints) : 31 x 43 cm




BANC PIC 2009.062--ffALB


New Mexico