Detail View: John Russell Bartlett Collection: JRB011

Record number: 
Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico
Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico
August 9-10, 1852
Image technique: 
water color on coarse-textured paper
Image dimensions: 
9.8 x 13.9 inches
Narrative description: 
View of native American ruins at Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, with nine figures, This drawing lacks a title, date, and signature. There is no evidence that Pratt ever visited or sketched these ruins. Bartlett did visit the ruins with his commission's secretary, Dr. Thomas Webb.The inclusion of several saguaro cacti in this scene is questionable. Saguaros grow in the lower and warmer Sonaran Desert of the west, and not the higher and colder climate of the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico. Also the yucca plant is shown blooming with rose-colored flowers when the yuccas of the Chichuauan Desert all have white flowers; in addition, yuccas don't bloom in August.
Related drawing: JRB080.Personal Narrative derivative: none. Paquimé, sometimes called Casas Grandes, is a pre-Columbian archaeological site located in northwestern Mexico in the modern-day Mexican state of Chihuahua.
John Russell Bartlett
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