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20. EATON, Joseph Horace. Lower Covero: [on verso of watercolor] “Drawn in 1855 By Lt. Col. Eaton U.S.A. [in pencil at top, probably in Eaton’s handwriting; below which is pencil title in another hand] “Lower Covero a small Mexican settlement near the San Mateo mountain, road from Albuquerque to Fort Defiance N. Mex.o” [in pencil at right]: “5400”; [manuscript title in ink on original paper label mounted to later paper in handwriting and with signature of Eaton] “Lower Corso [corrected in another hand (William Watts Hart Davis) to “Covero”], a small Mexican settlement near the San Matteo mountains on the road from Albuquerque to Fort Defiance N.M. drawn in 1855 by Lt. Col. Eaton U.S.A.” [crossed out in another hand (William Watts Hart Davis) is date 1854 in ink; below the original label is a hand-written pencil note by Davis] “Col. Eaton was A.D.C. to General Taylor, Mexican War--These water colors were painted for me while I lived in New Mexico - 1853-57 W. W. H. D[avis].” N.p. [New Mexico], 1855. Original watercolor and graphite sketch on Whatman Turkey Mill paper (1847). 11.5 x 18.4 cm. Except for faint marginal mat burn, very fine.

     Landscape showing a pueblo set against a high rocky bluff; foreground with a river and a man and woman driving two cattle. The image was used as the frontispiece to Davis’ book; the engraved image has added detail. See preceding entry for notes on attribution of location as New Mexico. Like the prior watercolor, what is depicted is an old Native American village. ($16,000-22,000)

Sold. Hammer: $16,000.00; Price Realized: $18,800.00

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