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21. EATON, Joseph Horace. Don Fernandez de Taos: [Title in ink in Eaton’s hand on verso of watercolor] “View of Don Fernando de Taos N.M. Looking E of North to the Taos Mountains” [in pencil] “5407”; [manuscript title in ink (Davis?) on original paper label mounted to later paper board]: “Don Fernandes de Taos, Looking N.E. to the Taos Mts. New Mexico” with framer’s printed label of Earle (see item 19 above). N.p. [Taos, New Mexico, 1855]. Original watercolor and graphite sketch. 12.7 x 19.8 cm. Except for occasional light discoloration, fine.

     Landscape showing Taos pueblo in middle ground, surrounded by mountains in background, equestrian figure in foreground. The image was used on p. 301 in Davis’ book; the engraved image was modified, such as tightening up and more clearly defining the architecture. Wonderful, historic image of Taos, by a trained artist, among the early such images. ($20,000-30,000)

Sold. Hammer: $20,000.00; Price Realized: $23,500.00

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