Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Indian Vendors, Palace of Governors, Santa Fe

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor

The Palace of Governors is a monumental adobe structure that housed the residence and offices of governors (Spanish colonial, Mexican, American territorial and State of New Mexico) from its construction ca. 1609 until it became the state history museum in 1909. Native American vendors line the portico daily selling authentic Indian-made jewelry, pottery and textiles. During the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 the Spanish were expelled from the area and this building was inhabited by the Pueblo Indians for 13 years, before they were conquered by the Spaniards. The Palace of the Governors Museum chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region. This adobe structure was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. This sketch was done while I sat in the Santa Fe Plaza facing the Palace.

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