Egerton’s Refined Rendering
of Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato

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127. EGERTON, D[aniel] T[homas]. [Title at lower left corner] Guanaxuato. [below title] D.T. Egerton, 1840. [London, 1840]. Lithograph with original hand-coloring, mounted on originalstiff board with ruled border (as issued). Signed, dated, andtitled in stone. Image: 42.4 x 61.3 cm; image and original backing board: 54.5 x 73.7 cm. Very fine and fresh.

     First printing of one of the twelve prints from the first edition of one of the more beautiful and rare series of prints relating to Mexico (Views in Mexico, London, 1840). Egerton’s views are considered to be among the finest examples of hand-colored topographical lithographs ever produced.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 entries preceding and following.

     In muted pastels, Egerton depicts the Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato, the late seventeenth-century Baroque church that now dominates La Plaza de Paz in Guanajuato. (Inside is Mexico’s oldest Christian statue: a bejeweled eighth-century Virgin, a venerated figure that was a gift from King Philip II of Spain in 1557.) Here the church is painted pale yellow, but today it is painted in a vivid shade of yellow-orange. The view is atypical, showing the back of church and the activities there, rather than the ornate façade. The busy cobblestoned street scene includes numerous people in varying types of dress and occupations: vendors with shade screens offering various foodstuffs and wares; muleteer with loaded pack animals; soldiers in uniform; horses and riders; laundress on the second story of the church hanging sheets; gentleman in topcoat and hat; etc.


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