Image 8/16: The Belfry and Bells of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

The Belfry and Bells of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, 1902  Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center FEN.13

Both houses were centers of artistic activity. Urged on by Los Angeles historian, champion of preservation causes and founder of the Southwest Museum, Charles Lummis, Eva Fényes began what would be a 30 year project painting and photographing California’s missions as well as other adobe structures that were disappearing from the California landscape.  Three hundred of these paintings form a collection now at the Autry National Center. http://collections.theautry.org/  

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