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The Mission Era: California Under Spain and Mexico and Reminiscences, ca. 1850-1878
BANC PIC 19xx.039--ALB  
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BANC PIC 19xx.039:1--ALB Indian hovels at the palm group of Lower San Diego Valley. (The old Mission just visible in the distance.) Canoes return from fishing. Excursion of 1874.

Date: May 8, 1874

Size: 14.6 x 21.9 cm


BANC PIC 19xx.039:2--ALB Point Cypress. The promontory S.W. of Monterey, and N.W. of Carmelo Bay with the old mission ruins. These straggling cypresses, weird and lonesome, may fitly be called the weeping-willows of California's departed Patriarchal Era!!! (cf. Vischer Pictorial p.74)

Date: Oct. 1867

Size: 17.6 x 25.7 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:3--ALB S.E. view of the church-ruin, walls and orchard grounds of San Diego. The first-founded Franciscan mission in Upper California. (1769)(cf. Vischer Missions no. 15).

Date: April 20, 1874

Size: 16 x 23 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:4--ALB Ruins of the old Mission of San Carlos, at the mouth of the River Carmelo. (Founded Ao. 1770.)(cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 1, Vischer Missions, no. 1).

Date: 1861

Size: 14.6 x 22.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:5--ALB Ruins of the church and buildings of San Carlos Rey. (Mision del Carmelo near Monterey.) Founded 1769.

Date: 1861

Size: 17.9 x 26.3 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:6--ALB Rear-view of the ruins of the Mission of San Carlos, from the sea-side.

Date: October 1867

Size: 12.8 x 19.1 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:7--ALB Church, buildings and ruins of the Mission of San Antonio de Padua, in Monterey County. Franciscan Father Doroteo Ambriz, an Acolite [sic] of the order, born in Mexico, ordained in California. (cf.Vischer Missions no. 6).

Date: June 26, 1873

Size: 11.2 x 18.7 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:8--ALB West view of the old orchards, and the church of the ex-mission of San Gabriel. (No traces left of the mission buildings.) Reminiscenses [sic] of our first visit at San Gabriel, 1842. 1771 founded. (cf. Vischer Missions no. 13).

Date: 1865

Size: 12.1 x 19.2 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:9--ALB Ex-Mission (now Parish-Church) of San Gabriel, after Hahn's celebrated picture in the possession of M. Sherwood. Original by C. Hahn. In appreciation of the merits of the original, and in friendly remembrance of its genial author, with his permission reproduced by E. Vischer, 1878. Sunday-gatherings after Mass.

Date: 1878

Size: 15.3 x 21.8 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:10--ALB San Luis Obispo, the lower (older) portion of the town and the old mission buildings, as seen from the mission orchard. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 108, Vischer Missions no. 8).

Date: 1864

Size: 16 x 24.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:11--ALB The western part of the town, and the Mission of San Luis Obispo; 1864, approach from the landing. Supplementary drawings of 1873.

Date: 1864 (1873)

Size: 11.8 x 18.3 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:12--ALB Outskirts of the town San Luis Obispo. Barrio del Tigre (Tiger-town). (Haunts of the native and Indian population in the old mission outbuildings.)

Date: 1865

Size: 17.5 x 23.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:13--ALB A reminiscense [sic] of 1842: Bullfight, (after high mass) at the Mission Dolores. In celebration of the Patron Saint San Francisco de Asis. (cf. Vischer Missions no. 2).

Date: 1876

Size: 14.2 x 20.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:14--ALB View of the ruins of the church, and buildings of the Ex-Mission of San Juan Capistrano. The church destroyed by the earthquake of 1812. (cf. Vischer Pictorial no. 37, Vischer Missions no. 14).

Date: May 9, 1865

Size: 16.3 x 25.3 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:15--ALB Rear view of the earthquake-ruins of San Juan Capistrano, With secion of aqueduct. Additional drawings of 1876. In memory of R. Fray Jose Maria de Zaldivea; our leave-taking in Nov. 1842. (Founded Ao. 1776.) (Church destroyed 1812.)

Date: 1876

Size: 14.3 x 20.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:16--ALB Ex-Mission and church of Santa Clara, the site of the present Jesuit College. From an old photograph aided by personal recollection 1842. "After-Mass" Holiday-gathering of rancheros, and the family-oxcart (cf. Vischer Missions no. 3).

Date: n.d.

Size: 16 x 23.1 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:17--ALB The Franciscan old mission church at San Buena Ventura, now the parish-church of the Catholics.

Date: n.d.

Size: 16.1 x 22.2 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:18--ALB South view of the town, with the church and mission-buildings of San Buena Ventura. A cavalcade of the Good Olden Times. F.G. Becher and Alfred Robinson, on a trip northward, with vaqueros and remonta from the Missn. of San Gabriel. Mission San Buenaventura founded in 1782. (cf. Vischer Pictorial no. 110; Vischer Missions no. 11)

Date: May 1865

Size: 17.2 x 24.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:19--ALB Church and contiguous buildings of the Ex-Mission of Santa Barbara. Now a college of the Order of San Francisco. Autograph Fr. Jose Ma. de Jesus Gonzalez Rubio [rubric]. Santa Barbara (1842 & 1865). While engaged in tracing the first outlines of this interesting structure, Sunday, May 7th, 1865, Mass just over, we obtained, through favor, the autograph of Father Gonzalez, the worthy President of the College, sollicited [sic] and kindly granted, as a memento of this, our second visit, after an interval of twinty-three years! To preserve in the proper place so welcome a present, we committed the pardonable indescretion of finishing up our drawing on the very paper containing the autograph, as a means to gratify those of our friends who like ourselves, from personal acquaintance with Father Gonzalez, the last survivor of the missionaries, appreciate his excellent qualities. Thus we secured what will become a relic of one whose name, blessed during lifetime by the many hearts he comforted, will after his death stand as the last pillar of the missionary work in California so honorably preceded by Fathers Junipero Serra, Geronimo Boscana, Sanchez, Peiri, Salvidea, Duran, and other distinguished ornaments of the order of San Frnacisco. (Reference to text of the California Collection. E.V.) (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 106, Vischer Missions no. 20)

Date: 1842/1865

Size: 16.8 x 25.3 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:20--ALB South-east view of Santa Barbara convent. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 25, Vischer Missions no. 10).

Date: May 6, 1865

Size: 12.2 x 19.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:21--ALB Cattle-drove (northward-bound for a market) passing the valley of Santa Barbara. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 115) NOTE: three ruled lines on verso.

Date: May 6, 1865

Size: 12.5 x 18.8 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:22--ALB Mission-ruins: The dilapidated guardhouse at the Sta. Barbara Mission. View towards the bay. Supplementary drawings of 1873.

Date: 1865 (1873)

Size: 12 x 18.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:23--ALB Ruins of the Ex-Mission of La Purisima Concepcion. Drawn between 1 & 6 of April '78. The last stone to the temple. After a photograph, the valuable contribution of Mrs. Josephine Bishop completing the mission collection on Author's 70th birthday. Photograph of 1876. Date of foundation Dec. 8, 1787.

Date: April 1-6, 1878

Size: 16.4 x 24.6 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:24--ALB La Purissima [i.e. La Purisima]: Groundplan of mission and outbuildings [with sketch of mission in 1824]. Kindly given by Genl. M.G. Vallejo, Oct. 15, 1878. Thankfully acknowledged by E.V.

Date: 1878?

Size: 12.3 x 16.2 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:25--ALB Ruins of the Mission "Nuestra Senora de la Soledad," in the Salinas Plains. Property of the Soberanis [!].

Date: 1873

Size: 11.2 x 17.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:26--ALB Santa Cruz [ground plan; sketch of mission in 1825]. Ground plan of the mission & surroundings kindly supplied by Genl. Vallejo.

Date: 1878?

Size: 12.2 x 16.4 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:27--ALB Ruins of the old Mission Church of Santa Cruz, in 1859. A friendly contribution by Mrs. Josephine Bishop. [Photographic reproduction of painting.]

Date: 1878?

Size: 13.4 x 18.2 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:28--ALB Sketch of the church and buildings of the Mission of San Jose, Upper California. F. [i.e. Founded] Ao. 1797. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 107, Vischer Missions no. 4).

Date: August 16, 1866

Size: 16.7 x 24.7 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:29--ALB Mission of San Juan Bautista, Monterey County. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 13, Vischer Missions, no. 5) NOTE: on verso, marginal rulings and numbers.

Date: 1862

Size: 14.7 x 23 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:30--ALB Church (the interior yet kept in good condition) of the Mission of San Miguel, and ruins of the 'Casa Principal' and outbuildings. Sheriff and posse conducting a band of criminals towards San Luis Obispo. (The northrooms in 1852 the scene of the murder of the Reed family by outlaws.) A scene of the starvation of cattle in the summer of 1864, during the great drought. Founded 1797. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p.111, Vischer Missions no. 7)

Date: 1864

Size: 18.1 x 26.4 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:31--ALB Casa del Paso de Robles, the old farm building of the Mission of San Miguel. Now the sheepfarm of James Blackburn. Meeting of neighbouring stock-owners at a general rodeo for the separation of herds. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p.116).

Date: May 1864

Size: 15.9 x 24.7 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:32--ALB Chapel and principal buildings of the Ex-Mission San Fernando. [Founded] 1798. Instances of extreme old age. Genl. D. Andres Pico, with his adoptive daughter, visiting the quarters of the aged Sn. Fernando Indians. The oldest surviving mission-Indians of California. Alifonso' 130 (by computation) Agapito' 115, the first adult gentil [sic] baptized [sic] here, (then a grandfather). Their wives also abt. 100 years old. (cf. Vischer Missions no. 12)

Date: 1865

Size: 16.8 x 25.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:33--ALB A Californian magnate in his home. General Don Andres Pico of Los Angeles. Southern mission orchard; vaqueros lassoing cattle; corridor of the farm-building. Ex-Mission of San Fernando.

Date: 1865

Size: 14.8 x 20.8 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:34--ALB Indian rancheria of Jose Antonio Venado, at San Luis Rey Mission, near the Zanja. Caicha-tribe, Quechumas. April 1865. Supplementary drawings of Spanish and Indian life, 1873 (Sketched 1868). Ambrosia, Vaquero; Temecola & Eusebio.

Date: 1868 (1873)

Size: 15.1 x 23.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:35--ALB Ruins of the church and buildings of the Mission of San Luis Rey. Founded 1798. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 49, Vischer Missions no. 15).

Date: May 1, 1865

Size: 16.1 x 25.2 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:36--ALB Ruins of the church and buildings of the Ex-Mission of San Luis Rey. [From rear.]

Date: May 1, 1865

Size: 16.3 x 24.7 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:37--ALB West-view of the ruins of the mission of San Luis Rey (in 1865) and distant view toward Temecola.

Date: May 6, 1865

Size: 12.2 x 19.3 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:38--ALB Scene at the abandoned mission-orchard at San Luis Rey, in the bottom,' south of the mission buildings. Supplementary drawings 1873.

Date: June 1865 (1873)

Size: 15.5 x 22.2 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:39--ALB North view of the church and Ex-Mission of Santa Ines, (with groupings of the olden times). 'Alistando la remonta.' Father Blas Ordaz ordering relais, the mayordomo reporting; departure of honored guests, 1833/6, Fernando Deppe, A. Robinson and J. Thompson. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p.109, Vischer Missions no. 9)

Date: 1865

Size: 17.2 x 24.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:40--ALB Ruins of the south-end and inner corridors of Sta. Ines Mission buildings; our night quarters with the mail agent. April 22, 1865. Supplementary drawings of Mission-Ruins, 1873. Donkeys by W.H.H. [i.e. William H. Hilton].

Date: April 22, 1865 (1873)

Size: 14.8 x 22.8 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:41--ALB San Rafael. Ground plan of mission and surroundings. Kindly furnished by General M.G. Vallejo Oct. 15, 1878. [Sketch of Mission in upper right, titled San Rafael, 1831.]

Date: 1878?

Size: 12.1x16.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:42--ALB Catholic chapel at San Rafael. Site of old mission church and buildings, entirely gone. [At top is small photo of pencil sketch of mission, titled: Bosquejo de la Mision de San Rafael, en 1831, por favor del Sr. General M.G. Vallejo, en 1878.] Photo has label with legend in ms., Para Dn. Eduardo Vicher [sic]. (5.5 x 15.2 cm.) Verso has larger uncropped photo of same pencil sketch including small portrait Vallejo and notation: Mision de San Rafael en 1831. M.G.V. (10.4 x 16.1 cm.)].

Date: May 3, 1868 (1873)

Size: 11 x 17.5 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:43--ALB San Francisco Solano. Groundplan of mission and surroundings. Kindly supplied by General M.G. Vallejo Oct. 15, 1878. Sketch of mission in upper left corner titled: San Francisco Solano, 1832.

Date: 1878?

Size: 12.2 x 16.4 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:44a--ALB Recto: Renovated chapel, and ruins of the buildings of the Ex-Mission San Francisco Solano. Sonoma.

Date: June 1874

Size: 9.5 x 15.1 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:44b--ALB Verso: Presumable appearance of the Mission of San Francisco Solano (Sonoma) about the year 1832, in its primitive state, or rather with Pater Quijas' contemplated renovations. The above elevation is drawn from a ground plan kindly furnished by Genl. M.G. Vallejo at Lachryma Montis, October 1878.

Date: 1878?

Size: 14 x 19.8 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:45--ALB Under Dona Marcelina's celebrated grape-vine, at the Montecito, Santa Barbara. Carefully sketched in Santa Barbara, May 1, 1865. But 1871 drawn from recollection, the original having been lost (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 169).

Date: 1871

Size: 15.7 x 22.8 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:46--ALB A Mormon relic. Ruins of Elders Lyman and Richie's residence at San Bernardino. Mormon colony at San Bernardino from 1848 to 1857. (1857 Exodus on account of the war.) Destroyed by fire. Supplementary drawings of 1873.

Date: April 1865 (1873)

Size: 12.8 x 19.9 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:47--ALB (1841/2.) Cliff-passage south of San Juan Capistrano. A cavalcade in the times of Duflot de Mofras and Ferndo. Deppe. Reminiscenses [sic] of 1842; addenda of 1876. (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 95).

Date: 1876

Size: 13.7 x 20.4 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:48--ALB North-east view of Temecola Valley, 10 miles west of San Luis Rey. South-Cala. scenery. Excursion of 1871. Group remodelled with the aid of W.H. Hilton. Temecola Valley lands. The refuge and abode of San Diego and San Luis Rey Indians, after many years occupancy threatened with expropriation.

Date: 1871

Size: 14.6 x 21 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:49--ALB California Southern Overland Stage Line. California life and traffic; relais stables in San Luis Obispo (cf. Vischer Pictorial p. 146).

Date: n.d.

Size: 14.5 x 22.6 cm.


BANC PIC 19xx.039:50--ALB Groundplans of the destroyed missions of Santa Cruz, La Purisima, San Rafael and San Francisco Solano. A valuable acquisition due to the early records, retentive memory and untiring obligingness of Genl. M.G. Vallejo. [Individual plates in this photoprint are filed with respective mission groups above.] [Portrait of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, center.] [Photographic reproduction.]

Date: n.d.

Size: 16.1 x 11.6 cm.