Detail View: John Russell Bartlett Collection: JRB018

Record number: 
JRB018
Title: 
Church at Arispe —Sonora
Place: 
Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico
Date: 
June 2, 1851
Image technique: 
Pencil and ink sketch on thin, blue-lined writing paper
Image dimensions: 
8 x 12.5 inches
Narrative description: 
View of a church with a mountain labeled, "Soharro," behind it. Pratt has been credited with being the artist, but he was not in El Paso until July 1851, a month after this drawing was made. Bartlett's Personal Narrative shows that he was in Arizpe from May 30 until June 3, 1851 and was fascinated by this church. The notation, "Soharro" refers to the giant saguaro cactus that is characteristic of the Sonoran Desert.
Notes: 
Related drawing: none. Personal Narrative derivative: vol. 1, p. 281-285. The church, Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, was built around 1756 and contains the remains of Juan Bautista de Anza, who explored area in California and established the city of San Francisco.
Creators: 
John Russell Bartlett
Subject: 
Architectural
Normalized date: 
1851.06.02