I have never seen reference to a contemporary image of Jose Altamira. If there was one it would have been a drawing or painting. My suggestion is that your nephew draw a picture of him. He arrived at Monterey in 1820, age 33. He did not make a favorable impression.
Mission Photographs and Images, (requests for or about)
There are very few images of the mission era Franciscan friars. Remember that they lived well before the advent of photograph. If an image survived it had to be painted or drawn as was done with Fr. Junipero Serra when he was in Mexico City for a visit.
I am not familiar with this specific collection but at the beginning of the 20th century "saving" the missions was a hot topic.
The Stations of the Cross, also called The Way of the Cross and Via Dolorosa depict fourteen key events on the day of Christ’s crucifixion. The custom originated in medieval Europe. By the 17th century they were quite common in Catholic churches.
Here is a photograph we took of the second Station, where the cross is laid upon Jesus. We received permission from the mission to take this photograph.
The only renditions we have of the original mission are drawings:
The missions used to be complete communities, with dozens of buildings. They were usually set up as a quadrangle. One of the few pictures every made of a historic quadrangle was take in 1875, showing San Buenaventura (in the town of Ventura).
The two mission that still have the most space around them (and have the most complete original complexes) are San Antonio de Padua (where the church and quadrangle were rebuilt) and La Purisima which is now a State Park. La Purisima has about 20 buildings and a coral with lots of animal.
An early sketch of Carmel was done by a French explorer who visited the mission in 1786, two years after Junipero Serra died.
There were two missions that had San Juan in their name. San Juan Bautista and San Juan Capistrano. Look at the map on our website so you can see which one you will be visiting.