Mexico [art original].

Physical Description:
1 drawing : brown wash with pencil on laid paper ; sheet 18.3 x 23.8 cm, window mounted to 38.5 x 27.4 cm
A trimmed portion of an engraving (7.5 x 17 cm), which depicts a distant view of a city or town, is pasted into the center of the drawing and integrated into it. The resulting collage gives the impression that the two drawn figures are overlooking a settlement that is located in the distance below them.
Borden Sale, American Art Gallery, 17-19 February 1913, lot 812. Rains Galleries, New York, NY, 27 November 1935 (W.D. Breaker sale), lot 628, bought in by Breaker. Purchased from William D. Breaker (through G.A. Baker) by W.S. Lewis, 1939.
Mounted on page 134 in volume 6 of M.C.D. Borden's extensively extra-illustrated copy of: Horace Walpole and his world : select passages from his letters / edited by L. B. Seeley ... London : Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1884.
Place and date of production inferred from associated engravings mounted in the same extra-illustrated volume, many of which were published in London in the eighteenth century.
Title written in ink below image.
Unsigned; artist unidentified.
Wash drawing depicting native people of Mexico, with a man and a woman prominent in the left foreground, standing in front of a tree. The man, who faces the viewer, wears a feathered headdress and loin cloth; the spear in his right hand rests on his shoulders and the shield in left hand is propped up against the ground. The woman, her back to the viewer, wears a sleeveless shirt, a skirt, and sandals; her long hair falls past her waist; food items are visible within the basket she carries in the crook of her right arm. Two other figures work in the clearing below; a cloud filled sky is seen above.
Cities & towns.
Indigenous peoples.
Borden, Matthew C. D.--(Matthew Chaloner Durfee),--1842-1912--Ownership.
Brecker, William D.--Ownership.
Wash drawings--British--18th century.
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
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Source Title:
Horace Walpole and his world : select passages from his letters.
Call Number:
Folio 225 884S Copy 2
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Mexico. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.