Art (Paintings, Artist Drawings etc.) Identification of / Sources for etc.
We can provide some further information on the sketch:
There are several saints given prominent veneration at this mission.
Lynn Bremer of the Mission Archive-Library provided the answer. Her research indicates that these precious religious artifacts did not disappear. Ms. Bremer informed Pentacle Press that "What remained of them after the 1925 earthquake, are in the Mission Museum."
"Faith had disappeared before the first photo of the Mission was taken in 1860's. Hope fell apparently during the earthquake, and Charity and St. Barbara were severely damaged and had to be removed. New statues were made (not copies) to take their places."
Some of the most notable statues and paintings at Carmel include:
We did extensive photographs of that splendid mission in both 2003 and 2004. I am enclosing an image of the hand. To facilitate an appreciation of the hand this was placed by us on a black background. The actual hand is painted on the graying and weather-beaten wall of the mission museum.
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I agree with your assessment of these magnificent paintings. A study of them made in 1997 concluded that they were probably done in the 1820s by more than one artist and could have been based on a set of engravings that Mission San Gabriel had obtained from Mexico in 1771. They were actually painted by Indians from the nearby mission of San Fernando Rey.