Adela Breton: Ancient Mexico in Colour

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

0117 922 3571

Saturday 06 August 2016 – Sunday 14 May 2017
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm
Admission Fee: donations welcome

The remarkable Adela Breton (1849-1923) worked at archaeological sites in Mexico making full-size colour copies of ancient Mexican ruins.

Her copies of the wall paintings in temples and buildings in Chichén Itzá, Teotihuacan and Acancéh are now the only full record of what was there in the 1900s and allow today’s academics to interpret the images and the history they show.

For the first time since the 1940s, the large watercolours will be on display as a celebration of Adela Breton, her art and the art of ancient Mexico.

Born in London, lived in Bath, worked in Mexico, travelled the world, died in Barbados – Miss Adela Catherine Breton was not today’s idea of a typical Victorian woman. In 1892, she went to Mexico for the first time. With her guide, Pablo Solorio, she travelled the country, sketching the landscape and the archaeological ruins.

Her watercolours are just a small part of the 1,500 odd items in Bristol Museum's Breton collection. They are recognised as of great importance for Mesoamerican studies. The exhibition will also feature artefacts from the Mound of Guadalupe burial, sketchbooks, notebooks, photo albums and an animation of the Temple of the Jaguars.

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) are also hosting an exhibition of Adela Breton’s work. The Remarkable Miss Breton exhibition runs until 1 October 2016.

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