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Title Sketchbook [manuscript]: [between 1825 and 1852]
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Art
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Sketchbook, probably begun by Waldeck in 1825 while travelling in Mexico, and continued through 1852, after he had returned to Europe, containing drawings of Indian ruins, antiquities, and other sites in central Mexico. The sketches, some of which are rough pencil outlines, and others detailed color drawings, document temples, pyramids, and carvings primarily in Xochicalco, near Cuernavaca, and a few sites in Papantla and Miacatlán, including the Miacatlán hacienda of Ángel Pérez Palacios, from whom Waldeck received a Nahuatl glyph map of the Tetlama region sometime between 1829 and 1831. In addition to architectural and figure studies, there are a few drawings of native flora and fauna, such as a coyote, eagle, and a tree enshrouded in vines. Another group of scientific diagrams relate to Waldeck’s interest in optics--reflection, refraction, mirrors, and shadows. Two pages in French, in Waldeck’s hand, dated 1825 in Paris, contain his notes on the religions of India, illustrated with small sketches of Ga?e?a, the elephant-faced Hindu deity. Also included are a watercolor sketch of the crucified Jesus held by his mother, and pencil drawings of sculptural figures, and historical figures in native dress.
Names Palacios, Ángel Pérez
Places Tetlama, Xochicalco, Cuernavaca, Papantla, Miacatlán, Mexico
Keywords art, illustration, travel, Mexican, observation, animal, science, religion, mythology
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
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 box Ayer MS 2188
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue