New Mexico Art Tells its History

Street View in Santa Fe, New Mexico - Unidentified

Street View in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1866
Unidentified Wood Engraver, After a sketch by Theodore R. Davis (American, active 19th Century)
hand colored wood engraving, 5 1/2 x 8 in. (14 x 20.3 cm)
From Harper's Weekly, April 21, 1866, p. 249. Graphics Collection #1-941, Fray Angelico Chavez History Library (NMHM/DCA)

Reflective Questions and Activities:

 E/S Describe this scene in detail: what are the people doing? What buildings do you recognize? What does the clothing tell you about who these people are and what they do?  
 S What was happening in the rest of the country when this print was made?  
 S What is an engraving and why did artists employ this medium at this time? What invention overshadowed the need for prints around this time? Why?  


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