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AUCTION 20

19. EATON, Joseph Horace. Upper Covero: [Title in pencil on verso of image] “Upper Covero is a small Mexican settlement near the San Mateo mountain, road from Albuquerque to Fort Defiance. N. Mex.o 5407”; [manuscript title in ink (William Watts Hart Davis) on label attached to sheet used for frame backing]: “Upper Covero, near San Mateo mountain, on the road from Albuquerque to Fort Defiance, New Mexico, 1854 [corrected to 1855]. Eaton.” N.p. [New Mexico], 1855. Original watercolor and ink sketch on Whatman Turkey Mill paper. 11.8 x 18.6 cm. Backing with printed label of Philadelphia framer James S. Earle & Son, Earles’ Galleries, No. 816 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia (prominent framing and portrait gallery in Philadelphia during the latter part of the nineteenth century). Except for faint marginal mat burn, very fine.

     Landscape showing a pueblo set against distant mountains with animals and herdsmen in foreground. This image appears in Davis’ book as “Upper Covero” (p. 398); printed and watercolor images are essentially the same except for minor changes to herdsmen and animals in foreground. Davis in his printed text refers to “Covera” and notes it is also called “Quivera.” The scene depicted is an old Native American settlement. Coronado mentions encountering Quivero during his journey, and the area he was in at the time was present-day New Mexico. This and the next image are very important for Native American history. Thanks to John Birkinbine II for research assistance on determination of location depicted on this and other of these watercolors. ($16,000-22,000)

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