So, here’s a quick reminder. These are the guys who, in 1840, set out and trekked around Mexico and Central America documenting all sorts of stuff. Stephens wrote a major tome entitled ‘Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatán’ published in 1841. The illustrations, miracles that they are, were by Dr. Catherwood.
But I’ve never seen them in colour, as my very prized 1st.-edition of the aforementioned tome has all the illustrations in black and white (as line drawings). So, twice in one day, today, I discover two places: one in a travel brochure (more on this shortly) and the other on a website, where Catherwood’s illustrations are presented in living color (see, I can spell it both ways). Yes, I know, it’s probably just me and everyone else knows!
So why is this so important to me? Well, just like the images from ‘Nights and Days on the Gypsy Trail’, (see a previous post) being able to visualise places and settings when you are writing a musical theatre piece for the stage is sort of important! For example, Continue Reading →