The Old Print Shop

Well and Building at Sabachtsche. Plate XVIII.

  • ARTIST: Frederick Catherwood

  • PUBLISHER: Published in London by the artist.

  • MEDIUM: Two-color lithograph with original handcoloring,

    DATE: 1844.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 11 1/2 x 15 3/8" (29.2 x 39.1 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 that Sabachtche rests between Ticul and Bolonchen (Mexico) and that the inhabitants of the area, who still lived there when he visited, had once been entirely dependent on the well for water. Women of their group would bring their own ropes and bucket made of bark to hoist water to the surface, and then would carry it back to their homes atop their head.

  • CONDITION: Good condition, save for some discoloration in the sky. Good color. Has been removed from the original mount.