This is absolutely fascinating.
This post was written by Alyssa Franklin, our student employee who is responsible for digitization of this collection.
A pair of intriguing pamphlets are hidden within the depths of the Kathryn Stoner O’Conner Sons of the Republic of Texas Mexican Manuscript Collection. They were created by the same author/illustrator in summer of 1948, and each features a heroic historical figure from nineteenth-century Mexico. These documents have been meticulously assembled with great care and attention to detail. Each includes an endearing hand drawn illustration as its frontispiece. Interestingly, these illustrations seem to be based off of well-circulated source images. The artist was drawing from popular images of famous historical figures, and placed them as cover vignettes for his documents.
Historical photograph and corresponding illustration by Rafael Garcés Velásquez of Juan Antonio de la Fuente
Engraving and corresponding illustration of Ingacio López Rayón
The subjects of these two works are general Ignacio…
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