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Title Catalogue des dessins [manuscript]: Mexico, 1829 June-1831 October
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Waldeck’s own descriptive catalog from June 1829, with additional notes and entries from 1830 and 1831, covering drawings he either created or acquired in Mexico between 1825 and 1831 of ancient and modern Indian subjects, their native dress, daily life, architecture, and sculptures. According to Waldeck, the drawings were made from documents at the University of Mexico, and from items held by private collectors such as Greaves and Uhde and by Waldeck himself. He describes his drawings of Mexican warriors, gods, and rulers, based on painted manuscripts or on sculpted basalt or terra cotta figures; drawings of ancient Indians from different social classes with detailed descriptions of their clothing and adornments; drawings of modern Indians--mine workers, water carriers, and tortilla makers--from such villages as Tamaulipas and Santa Catalina; landscapes; and drawings of masks, vases, sculpted symbols, and calendar wheels. Waldeck also includes an inventory of his own collection of original Indian pictorial manuscripts (some of which are catalogued separately as Ayer Mss. 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1907). Entries indicate the collection numbers assigned by Waldeck, with corresponding plate numbers.
Places Palenque, Uxmal, Tamaulipas, Santa Catalina, Mexico
Keywords art, travel, expedition, discovery, Mexican, mythology, folklore, religion, dress, custom, observation, culture, warrior, mining, language, France
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language French
Additional Information French traveller, painter, engraver, and Americanist. Waldeck, of German or Austrian origin, may have been born in Prague, Paris, or Vienna, in 1766. He travelled to Mexico in 1825 to work for a silver mining company, and later lived in Mexico City where he gave classes in painting and drawing. Throughout his travels in Mexico, he made drawings of the Indian antiquities and ruins, especially in Palenque and Uxmal between 1832 and 1835, and in 1837 after his return to Paris, where he spent the last 40 years of his life.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1260
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue