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date: 14 December 2019

Castro, Casimirolocked

(b Mexico City, April 24, 1826; d Mexico City, Jan 8, 1889).
  • Fausto Ramírez

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(b Mexico City, April 24, 1826; d Mexico City, Jan 8, 1889).

Mexican lithographer, draughtsman, and painter. He may have studied at the Academia de San Carlos, Mexico City, but it seems more likely that he trained professionally with the Italian lithographer, painter and stage designer Pedro Gualdi (fl 1838–c. 1851). He subsequently worked with another stage designer, the Frenchman Eduardo Rivière, producing lithographs of Rivière’s illustrations to his novel Antonio y Anita o los nuevos misterios de México (1851). Castro made drawings and c. 30 lithographs (with the help of J. Campilo among others) for the album México y sus alrededores (1855–6), published by Decaen. It was an album of urban landscapes and the most popular mid-century local customs, and gave rise to several successive editions, with the addition or substitution of some prints in order accommodate the historical events in Mexico up to the late 1860s. Facsimile editions were still publishing well into the 21st century. Copies of the album are housed in the Museo Nacional de Arte, the Museo de la Ciudad, and the Museo Nacional de Historia, Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico City. It offers a characteristic, contemporary view of the capital, including depictions of buildings, squares, and streets embellished with figures representative of all social classes, professions, and occupations. In ...

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