The history of California is as rich as the gold that came from its ancient veins. Throughout its years with inhabitants there have been creative souls who have interpreted her majesty in an artistic manner.
Joseph Jacinto (Jo) Mora (1876-1947) was such an artist who continually found inspiration in California, its people, colors, geography, textures, and history. As a means to celebrate and share the history he loved, Jo drew a series of cartes (maps) that depict the many stories of the American West. The image seen here is the second of two cartes Jo drew to capture the spirit of California.
Working within a very limited space, Jo invites viewers to look closely at the details he drew of the changing clothing styles, transportation methods and the lasting missions of the state’s past. The compact nature of the composition requires repeated viewings of the many little vignettes to take in all of the visual information. This close inspection prompts each of us to stop and look carefully at all the memories California has to offer and hopefully move on with a smile on your face.
This carte, valued at $900.00, is an original, first printing, from 1945, in mint condition, contributed by the Jo Mora Trust. All proceeds will go to this Neatline Antique Maps Covid – 19 fundraising effort.
Jo Mora Trust Collection Curator