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The Art of Ruins: Adela Breton and the Temples of Mexico

*Exhibition organised by the City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery *

Sat 1 Feb – Sat 14 Mar 1992

Drawn from the Adela Breton Archive in the City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the works in this exhibition celebrate the spectacular architecture of Mexican archaeology and the life and work of an extraordinary late Victorian explorer.

Adela Breton (1849-1922) whose intrepid way of life belied the stereotype of the Victorian spinster, first went to Mexico in 1893-4 at the age of 45. She devoted the rest of her life to recording the murals and reliefs of the great ancient sites of Mexico. Many of these have subsequently disappeared or lost their colours due to pollution and vandalism. Breton’s record is all the remains of the murals in the Upper Temple of the Jaguars at Chichen Itza and those at Teotihuacan and Acanceh.

Exhibition toured by the Area Museum Council for the South West and the Somerset County Museum Service with financial assistance from the Museums and Galleries Commission