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Enrique Cervantes Photograph Collection

Identifier: Image Archive-Collection 68

Scope and Contents

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.


  • c. 1930


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

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.

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25.00 Pieces

1.50 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

1 Hollinger box

Related Publications

Cuatro Siglos de Ciudades Mexicanas by Enrique A. Cervantes (1996)
Enrique Cervantes Photograph Collection
Photograph Collection 68, Image Archive, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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