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Principal Court of the Palace of Palenque [and] Interior of Casa, No. III., Palenque. Plate VII. [pair].

  • ARTIST: Frederick Catherwood

  • PUBLISHER: Published in London by the artist.

  • MEDIUM: Two-color lithographs with original handcoloring,

    DATE: 1844.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7 1/4 x 10 5/8" (17.8 x 27 cm) and 7 1/4 x 10 5/8" (18.3 x 27 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From “Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan by F. Catherwood, Archt.” This is one of the first and still one of the most important works done on the Mayan civilization. Frederick Catherwood was a British architect and artist who traveled with John Lloyd Stephens on his 3,000 mile journey in Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan, visiting 44 archaeological sites in 1839 and 1841. Catherwood chose his favorite drawings to be reproduced in lithographs by the most prominent lithographers in London. Those lithographers include John C. Bourne, Thomas Shotter Boys, George Belton Moore, William Parrott, Andrew Picken, and Henry Warren. These are prints from the very rare deluxe edition, where the two-color lithographs were handcolored and trimmed to the image edge and mounted to cards.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: On stone by H. Warren. Catherwood noted the Principal Court yard as being 80 feet long and 70 feet wide with open corridors on each of the four sides.

  • CONDITION: Good condition and color, save a small rub mark in each. Both have been removed from their original mount.