San Gabriel

San Gabriel

Shown is the famous bell wall at the San Gabriel  Spanish Mission.

Six bells occupy an espadaña or bell wall. The oldest bells were cast in Mexico City in 1795 by the famous bell maker, Paul Ruelas. The largest bell (dated 1830) weighs over a ton and was used for over a century to ring the Angelus, a prayer said at morning, noon, and evening in commemoration of the Incarnation.

California Missions Resource Center online resource accessed January, 2018

print notes recto: titled and signed in graphite in plate border: 

San Gabriel     Cleora Wheeler; hand-drawn in black ink along lower right margin outside secondary mount album leaf:  #464-Japanese      50 cents


From Wikipedia: The Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is a fully functioning Roman Catholic mission and a historic landmark in San Gabriel, California. The settlement was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan order on “The Feast of the Birth of Mary,” September 8, 1771, as the fourth of what would become 21Spanish missions in California.[10] San Gabriel Arcángel, named after the Archangel Gabriel and often referred to as the “Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles”,[11] was designed byAntonio Cruzado, who hailed from Córdoba, Spain. Cruzado gave the building its strong Moorish architectural influence. The capped buttresses and the tall, narrow windows are unique among the missions of the California chain. (accessed 2018)

San Gabriel

Image Dimensions10.5 x 6.3 cm

Support Dimensions21.0 x 15.2 Gampi | 24.2 x 38.0 off-white handmade paper (folded) | 33.0 x 25.0 cm olive-colored cardstock leaf