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ID: Image Archive/Collection 68

Primary Creator: Enrique A. Cervantes (1898-1953)

Extent: 25.0 Items

Arrangement: 1 Hollinger box

Date Acquired: 06/07/2012

Subjects: Architectural photography -- Mexico, Architecture, Colonial -- Mexico, Art, Colonial -- Mexico, Cities and towns -- Mexico, Cities and towns -- Mexico -- History - Pictorial works, Decorative arts, colonial -- Mexico, Enrique A. Cervantes, 1896-1953

Scope and Contents of the Materials

c. 1930.  A group of 25 silver gelatin prints, each in an embossed brown mat, signed and captioned in ink on the mat. The images measure 6 ½  X 4 ½ inches in an 8  X 10 inch mat.  The photographs show interior and exterior architectural details of various structures in Puebla, Mexico. Included are: a birds-eye-view of Puebla; the Cathedral; the famed Santa Rosa kitchen, studies of majolica tiled buildings; the Capilla Real, built in 1549 and modeled on the great Mosque in Cordova, Spain; the large ex-convento San Francisco, and the Federal Palace, among others.

Collection Historical Note

Enrique A. Cervantes (1898-1953) was a civil engineer, bibliophile, photographer, and historic preservationist. He spent his life on researching, documenting, restoring, and photographing the architectural and decorative arts of colonial Mexico.  Over his lifetime, he published 22 books covering themes that included the history of urbanism in Mexico, Mexican cities of the Viceregal period, the crafts of talavera pottery and tile-making in Puebla, ironworking, and retablos of the 16th through 18th centuries.   From 1928 to 1942 he produced ten limited edition portfolios of original photographs depicting the colonial heritage of various Mexican cities including Puebla.  Individually issued photographs by Cervantes are rarer  than his published portfolios. A few of the images in this collection are reproduced in his portfolio “Puebla de los Ángeles en el Año de Mil Novecientos Treinta y Tres” though most are of other buildings or variants of the already published images.

Subject/Index Terms

Architectural photography -- Mexico
Architecture, Colonial -- Mexico
Art, Colonial -- Mexico
Cities and towns -- Mexico
Cities and towns -- Mexico -- History - Pictorial works
Decorative arts, colonial -- Mexico
Enrique A. Cervantes, 1896-1953

Administrative Information

Repository: The Latin American Library at Tulane

Access Restrictions: Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Acquisition Source: Margolis & Moss

Related Publications: Cuatro Siglos de Ciudades Mexicanas by Enrique A. Cervantes (1996)


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Photograph 1: San Francisco Acatepec. Cholula, PueblaAdd to your cart.
Altar in San Francisco de Acatepec Church.
Photograph 2: San Francisco. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Facade of the San Francisco de Acatepec church.
Photograph 3: Santa Rosa. Cocina. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Interior of the kitchen in the Santa Rosa convent.
Photograph 4: San Francisco Acatepec. Cholula, PueblaAdd to your cart.
Path to the entrance of the San Francisco de Acatepec church.
Photograph 5: Alfeñique house. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Façade of Alfeñique house.
Photograph 6: Panoramic of the city of PueblaAdd to your cart.
Aerial view of the city of Puebla.
Photograph 7: Cathedral. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Nave of the Cathedral in Puebla.
Photograph 8: Ex Convent of San Francisco. Huejotzingo, PueblaAdd to your cart.
A praying site in ruins in the Convent of San Francisco.
Photograph 9: Building of the ministry of industry and commerce, reconstructed by E.A. CervantesAdd to your cart.
Atrium of the building of the ministry of industry and commerce.
Photograph 10: Cathedral. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Details of an entrance in the Cathedral of Puebla.
Photograph 11: Santa Maria Tonantzintla. Cholula, PueblaAdd to your cart.
Entrance with shut doors of the church in Santa Maria Tonantzintla.
Photograph 12: El Carmen. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Doors and Atrium in the convent of El Carmen.
Photograph 13: Palacio Federal. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Atrium of the Palacio Federal.
Photograph 14: Royal Chapel. Cholula, PueblaAdd to your cart.
Interior arches of the royal chapel.
Photograph 15: State school. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Long hallway in the public school.
Photograph 16: State school. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
A set of stairways and arches in the public school.
Photograph 17: House of the Bello family. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
A room decorated with wooden furnitures in the Bello residence.
Photograph 18: Ex San Francisco ConventAdd to your cart.
Field in front of the Ex San Francisco Convent in Huejotzingo, Puebla.
Photograph 19: State school. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Men and child listen to a person playing piano in an empty auditorium in Puebla.
Photograph 20: Details of a house. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Windows and balcony of a house in Puebla.
Photograph 21: Building of the ministry of industry and commerceAdd to your cart.
Stairway in the atrium of the building of the ministry of industry and commerce in Puebla.
Photograph 22: Federal Palace. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Stairway in the atrium of the Federal Palace in Puebla.
Photograph 23: State school. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Long hallway in the public school of Puebla, Mexico.
Photograph 24: Cathedral. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Panoramic of the cathedral and the landscape in Puebla.
Photograph 25: Courthouse. Puebla, MexicoAdd to your cart.
Columns around the atrium of the courthouse in Puebla.

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