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Accession Number: 1993.30.6

Physical Description: Vertical pastel sketch on paper three images of an equestrian conquistador. Black pastel figure study of Coronado depicting three images in varying detail. From left to right: Coronado head and torso, full-figure Coronado on a horse, and Coronado head. Images are unrefined sketches.

History of Object: In the late 1930s, artist and Kansas native John Stuart Curry produced this preliminary sketch for the mural, ?The Tragic Prelude,? housed at the Kansas Statehouse. The sketch references the 1541 Spanish expedition through Kansas led by Francisco Coronado. The sketch also depicts Spanish priest Father Padilla, who accompanied the expedition. Curry completed the mural in 1942, but due to Kansans? critical reaction he refused to complete the project. In 1993, The Wunderlich Mongerson, a Chicago-based art gallery, collaborated with Curry?s widow to donate this sketch.

Date: Between 1937 and 1942

Dimensions (in cm): 77.60 (H) 56.60 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [written along bottom] Sword / Spurs / Coronado / Kansas Murals //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Individual: Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de, 1510-1554
    Individual: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
    Individual: Padilla, Juan de, ca. 1500-ca. 1542
    Use, Place of: Kansas State Capitol (Topeka, Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Capitols
    Theme/topic: Kansas statehouse (Topeka, Kan.)

Creators and Contributors

    Curry, John Steuart

Status: Cataloged

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