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AMERICA'S FIRST HISPANIC MASTER] MORA, F[RANCIS - - 1885. 
1885 - [AMERICA'S FIRST HISPANIC MASTER] MORA, F[RANCIS]. LUIS. Sketchbook with drawing in several media including pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, one watercolor signed (F. Luis Mora) and dated 11/4 84 and one pencil sketch similarly signed and dated 91. Oblong 8vo., 27.5 x 21 cm. In early cloth binding with linen ties, spine with some wear, internally one sketch mounted to paste-down endpapers, generally sketches to recto and verso of each leaf, some leaves with thumbing or frayed. This is a delightfully executed sketchbook by the very young Francis Mora, considered by Lynne Pauls Baron in a recently published biography to be "America's first Hispanic master." The precociousness of the young talented and Uruguayan-born American figural painter is on full display here. In one sketch, P.T. Barnum's Jumbo runs amok, destroying an engine (giving an approximate date to the sketch of 1885 when Mora was only 11 years of age) [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Adam Weinberger Rare Books]
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