Enjoy a sense of history from Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s newly acquired collection of California mission paintings by artist and historian Edwin Deakin (1838–1923). The collection includes colorful watercolor representations of all 21 California missions. An oil representation, hand-painted tiles and an illustrated map are also all part of the exciting new exhibit. The collection was previously assumed to be lost in the 1906 earthquake.
Deakin was one of the first artists to capture the beauty of the missions, making them his subject from 1897 to 1899. The original field set was painted in watercolor, but Deakin later recreated his vision into two oil sets meant for publication. The collection, however, has never been exhibited in a museum nor published until now. This collection, previously on view at Sullivan Goss—An American Gallery, was gifted to the museum through a generous donation by David Packard, Bernadette Castor and Winifred Vedder, as well as the efforts of trustees John C. Woodward and Sally and David Martin.
Take advantage of the Museum’s complimentary entry Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, contact 805/966-1601 or click here. The Museum is located at 136 E. De la Guerra St.