Saint Francis Cathedral


Item Number: DR 570
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Original pen and ink accented with watercolors
Age: Circa late 1950s
Dimensions: 6 ½ X 5 ½” framed: 11 X 10”


SKU: DR 570 Categories: ,


This is a charming little original drawing of the beautiful Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Due to its prominent location off the plaza, many artists have painted its image. A fictionalized account of the cathedral’s origins is included in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop

The cathedral was built by Archbishop Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church, which was destroyed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. A small chapel on the north side of the cathedral was kept from the old church.

The beautiful cathedral is in dramatic contrast to the surrounding adobe structures and was designed in the Romanesque Revival style. As such, the cathedral features characteristic round arches separated by Corinthian columns and truncated square towers. The large rose window in front and those of the Twelve Apostles in the lateral nave windows were imported from Clermont-Ferrand in France. The towers were originally planned to be topped with dramatic 160-foot steeples, but due to lack of funds, these were never built. Interestingly, the left tower is a single row of bricks taller than the right tower.

This beautiful art work is protected with Museum Glass, an anti-reflection picture framing glass with conservation grade UV protection.  With its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer. It is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.

The matting on this picture is an acid free matte(s) for long term protection and to enhance the picture. Acid free mattes provide 75-100 years of protection against matte burn and brown marks which can decrease the value of a painting. The matting colors were selected to draw the eye into the picture complementing the artist’s selected brush work or towards a particular key element of the piece.

Condition: excellent- original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a local street artist by my grandfather in the early 1950s.

Additional information

Weight 19 oz