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"Charles F. Lummis and the Songs of Old Spanish California, 1904"

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"Charles F. Lummis and the Songs of Old Spanish California, 1904"
28x40 oil on linen canvas by JoAnn Peralta

At the Autry Masters of the American West 2017 Exhibition and Sale
held at the Gene Autry Museum, Feb. 11, 2017. For tickets call (323) 667-2000 and inquiry contact Janet Reilly

Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928), Preservationist/conservationist/philanthropist, botanist, and photographer whom attended Harvard and was friend to Pres. T. Roosevelt. As a young man living in the Eastern part of the U.S. Lummis took a walk across America to accept a job with the Los Angeles Times. He did this to write stories for the paper. He fell in love with the cultures of America . His affection for the Southwest especially Indian tribes & Spanish/Latin culture, caused him to see with a new perspective. His friendship with famed naturalist, John Muir (shown holding his journal), further encouraged his preservationist ideals. He became dedicated to saving the old Spanish Missions. He even held parties that embraced the Spanish songs of the past. Here Lummis demonstrates to the school children the dances of old California as he was taught, and as played by famed Spanish guitarist, Rosendo Uruchurtu, whom was blind. He preserved the recordings on wax cylinders which today are part of the Braun Library's collection held at the Autry Museum, in California.



**A video of the making of this painting is included with the purchase.

 

"First U.S. Land Patent awarded, Dominguez Family, 1858"

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"First U.S. Land Patent Awarded, Dominguez Family, 1858"  
30x38 oil on linen canvas by JoAnn Peralta

At the Autry Masters of the American West 2017 Exhibition and Sale
held at the Gene Autry Museum, Feb. 11, 2017. For tickets call (323) 667-2000 and inquiry contact Janet Reilly

Manuel and Engracias Dominguez became U.S. citizens after America gained California territory they were already living on. Their ancestors were awarded a Land Grant when Spain had ownership of the territory. Then, when Mexico defeated Spain, the Land Grant was upheld by the Mexican government. After the war and U.S. occupation, the family legally filed for a land patent and after many years, were awarded the first U.S. Land Patent in 1858. The Dominguez family flourished under American dominance. Their contributions greatly affected the California landscape and added to the success of their new country, the United States of America.

**A video titled, "History in the Making, JoAnn Peralta" is included with the purchase of this painting. It documents the process of making a historical painting, namely this one, and one other.

 

Mother's Reflection by  Fine Artist JoAnn Peralta exhibiting at the 20th Annual Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale

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"Her Mother's Reflection" 20x16 oil on linen canvas
by JoAnn Peralta

At the
Autry Masters of the American West 2017 Exhibition and Sale
held at the Gene Autry Museum, Feb. 11, 2017.
For tickets call (323) 667-2000 and inquiry contact Janet Reilly

"Lighting the Candle" 12x9 oil on linen canvas by JoAnn Peralta

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"Lighting the Candle" 12x9 oil on linen canvas by JoAnn Peralta
At the
Autry Masters of the American West 2017 Exhibition and Sale
held at the Gene Autry Museum, Feb. 11, 2017.
For tickets call (323) 667-2000 and inquiry contact Janet Reilly

"Girl With Fruit", 12x9 oil on linen board by JoAnn Peralta

"Girl With Fruit", 12x9 oil on linen board by JoAnn Peralta
Available at the "Settler's West: American Miniatures Show," Sale on February. 11, 2017  http://www.settlerswest.com/