[New York]: [The Studio Press], 1883. Etching 6 3/4 x 12 3/4") on Japanese paper (12 3/4 x 17 3/4"), SIGNED in pencil and annotated '18'; signed, titled and dated in the plate; from the edition of 50 sets on Japanese paper. This etching is from the larger portfolio of 17 etchings originally published in 1883 titled "Etchings of the Franciscan Missions of California". Fine condition. Item #20761
Henry Chapman Ford (1828 - 1894) is the earliest significan etcher in Southern California. His etchings are among the earliest published views of the missions and they are highly sophisticated technically for the period and place in which they were created. Ford's depictions of the missions were (in part) responsible for the revival of interest in the state's Spanish heritage, and indirectly for the restoration of the missions themselves. The hallmarks of his images are exquisite brushwork and tonal mastery in all mediums, which make his works highly prized.