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The Valley of Mexico


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ArtistDaniel Thomas Egerton (1800-1842)
TitleThe Valley of Mexico
Date1837
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceCommissioned by businessman Simon McGillivray (1783-1840); by descent to Mary Louisa Dawkins (née McGillivray; 1840-1897); by whose executors, sold in 1897; purchased in 1935 by oil industrialist and philanthropist Charles Cheers Wakefield, first Viscount Wakefield (1859-1941); by whom presented to the British Legation, Mexico in 1936
ExhibitionSociety of British Artists, London, 1837 (catalogue number 132); Fine Art Society, March 1990; 'The Arts of Mexico, Splendor of Thirty Centuries', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Monterrey, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 1990 to 1991; 'Egerton, Velasco and the British Landscape', MUNAL Mexico City, 25 March 2015 - 21 June 2015
Dimensionsheight: 131.00 cm, width: 185.00 cm
AcquisitionPresented by Lord Wakefield, 1936
LocationOther, other locations abroad,
GAC number0/55
 
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Daniel Thomas Egerton

Daniel Thomas Egerton, a founder member of the Society of British Artists, exhibited in London from 1824. The date of his arrival in Mexico is not known, but he is first recorded there in 1834, when he visited Popocatépetl, a volcano 70 km southeast of Mexico City. Egerton later travelled through America and, in 1840, briefly returned to England, where he had a wife and children. He published twelve colour lithographs of views of Mexico with descriptive texts before returning to the country, accompanied by a woman named Agnes Edwards. Egerton and Edwards lived together in Tacubaya, now part of Mexico City but then in the country. In April 1842, as the couple were walking with their dog, they were attacked by ruffians and murdered.