Egerton’s Tranquil View of Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera
in Guanajuato

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128. EGERTON, D[aniel] T[homas]. [Title at lower left corner] Hacienda de Barrera, Guanto. [above title] D.T. Egerton]. 1840. [London, 1840]. Lithograph with original hand-coloring, mounted on original stiff board with ruled border (as issued). Signed, dated, and titled in stone. Image: 42.5 x 60.7 cm; image and original backing board: 54.5 x 74.7 cm. Lithograph very fine and fresh. Mounting board with a few minor spots and slight wear at corners and edge.

     First printing of one of the twelve prints from the first edition of one of the most beautiful and rare series of prints relating to Mexico (Views in Mexico: being a Series of Twelve Coloured Plates, executed by himself from his Original Drawings, accompanied with a short Description, London, 1840), based on Egerton’s original paintings and sketches he made during his travels in Mexico. Egerton’s views, which are considered to be among the finest examples of hand-colored topographical lithographs ever produced, were printed by James Holmes in a splendid portfolio limited to 200 copies. The lithographs are impeccable in quality and execution, and their grand format is outstanding. A watercolor painter retouched some of the two hundred copies of the print run. Abbey, Travelin Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 670. Palau 787583. Sabin 22044 (from Rich, who dated the album 1841). Tooley 205: “This work has greatly increased in value in the last few years and has become rare” [The last complete set of the portfolio at auction was in 1991; we sold a complete copy of the portfolio in 1990 @$50,000]. For more information on Egerton, see preceding and following entries.

     This tranquil scene bathed in light illustrates the magnificent seventeenth-century Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera in Guanajuato. The hacienda is now a museum. The structure has fluted columns, large graceful arches, tiled floors, and exquisite detailing. Two dogs and a few people, including a musician with a guitar, lounge around a second story balcony with cascading vines and blue pottery overlooking an enclosed courtyard, where packed mules and muleteers have gathered. This grand colonial hacienda was the home of Captain Gabriel de Barrera, whose family was descended from the first Conde de Rul of the famous La Valenciana mine. Well presented are details of the opulent structure, providing insight into the lives of the wealthy at the time. For more on Egerton, see preceding and following entries herein.


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