Catherwood, Frederick.

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Catherwood, with John Lloyd Stephens, traveled to Central America October 1839-July 1840 and again from the autumn of 1841 through June 1842. Catherwood completed this work (part of a survey of Mayan civilization) during the second expedition when he visited Kabah. The expeditions' fruit included two books, Incident of travel in Central America : Chiapas and the Yucatan (1841) and Incidents of travel in the Yucatan (1843). Catherwood also published a smaller work in 1844, Views of ancient monuments of Central America : Chiapas and the Yucatan. Many of the original drawings from the expeditions were destroyed in a fire in July 1842.

From the description of [Study of a Mayan monument] [graphic] / [Frederick Catherwood]. ca. 1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 166246584

Frederick Catherwood studied architecture at the Royal Academy, and later in Rome. He was also a painter and illustrator, but made his name as an architectural draughtsman, especially of Central American antiquities. He accompanied American archaeologist John Lloyd Stephens on two trips to Mexico, and, using both camera lucida and daguerreotype techniques, took many images of sites. From these experiences, he published two books of engravings and an album of lithographs, showing Mayan architecture and the jungle landscape.

From the description of Frederick Catherwood letter to My dear sir, 1843 Sept. 19. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 66267253

Historical and panoramic painter, New York City.

Catherwood (1799-1854) was raised in England. He spent 8 years travelling in Italy, Greece, and the Near East before returning. In 1836 he moved to New York where he worked as an architect and established his own panorama rotunda. He spent several years exploring Mexico and Central America and supervised construction of the first railroad in South America. He later served as construction engineer on the first California railroad. He was reported missing at sea, Sept. 1854, in the first steamship to sink after a collision at sea.

From the description of Account book, 1838 Nov.-1841 Oct. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58661087

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referencedIn Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. Journal de poche de Natchan / J.F. Waldeck : nottes [!] de théogonie azteque et variété d'autres, pour servir en voyage. Palenque. No. 24 (Treis). Newberry Library
referencedIn Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg papers, 1905-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. Journal et nottes [sic] du voyage aux ruines del Palenque : années 1832,33 / par Jean Frederic Waldeck. Newberry Library
referencedIn Catherwood, Frederick, 1799-1854 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Catherwood, Frederick. [Study of a Mayan monument] [graphic] / [Frederick Catherwood]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Joseph Severn papers, 1821-1899. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Catherwood, Frederick. Frederick Catherwood letter to My dear sir, 1843 Sept. 19. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Stephens and Bancroft. Stephens and Bancroft business records, 1836-1854. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang, 1908-1985. Victor Wolfgang von Hagen papers, 1935-1983 (bulk 1940-1960). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang, 1908-1985. John Lloyd Stephens collection, 1946-1947. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Stephens and Bancroft. Stephens and Bancroft business records, 1836-1854. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Catherwood, Frederick. Account book, 1838 Nov.-1841 Oct. New-York Historical Society
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associatedWith Adams, William D. person
associatedWith Astor, William B. (William Backhouse), 1792-1875. person
associatedWith Crosby, O. H. person
associatedWith Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress) corporateBody
associatedWith Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. person
correspondedWith Severn, Joseph, 1793-1879 person
associatedWith Stephens and Bancroft. corporateBody
associatedWith Stephens and Bancroft. corporateBody
associatedWith Tite, William, 1798-1873, person
associatedWith Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang, 1908-1985. person
associatedWith Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. person
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New York (State)--New York
Great Britain
Mexico--Kabah Site
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Architects--19th century--Correspondence
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Artists--19th century--Correspondence
Mayas--Antiquities--Pictorial works
Painting, American
Maya sculpture--Pictorial works
Panoramas
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Painters (artists)
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Birth 1799-02-27

Death 1854-09-27

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