Calavera de la Penitenciaria [caption title]

Mexico: Imprenta de Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, 1910. Broadside, approximately 15.75 x 11.75 inches. Some edge wear and minor losses at lower edge, not affecting text. Light toning and dust soiling. About very good. Item #4663

Scarce calavera broadside published by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in 1910. This work features a large woodcut illustration of a structure vaguely reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower, but composed of skulls and bones rather than iron. Institutions variously give credit for the artwork to Jose Guadalupe Posada or to his influential predecessor Manuel Manilla, thus demonstrating the stylistic similarity between the two Mexican illustrators as well as the influence that Manilla had on Posada; however, both Ron Tyler in his bibliography of Posada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art attribute this work to Manilla. The text, as one might gather from the title, is a verse catalog of the numerous criminal skeletons incarcerated in the calavera prison and their various trespasses. An unusual iteration of the calavera broadside genre; we locate six institutional copies.
Tyler, Posada's Mexico, p.124.

Price: $975.00