Catalog Archive
Auction 183, Lot 181

"Los Carlos Rancho",

Subject: Los Angeles, California

Period: 1929 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5 x 3.7 inches
12.7 x 9.4 cm
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This engraving was a specially commissioned piece for the estate of Charles Lux Lewis on Turnbull Canyon Road near Hacienda Hills. Lewis (1885-1969) was a Stanford graduate (1906/1909) and great nephew of Charles Lux, co-founder of the Miller and Lux Corporation, which became one of the largest landowners in the United States in the late 19th century with cattle and farm land in California, Nevada and Oregon. Lewis' estate in Los Angeles included 30 acres of avocado and orange groves. This map was created by Bay Area-based artist William Hancock Wilke (1879-1958) and shows the estate at center and identifying the roads leading to the estate and the distances between points. The border of the map is filled with mini vignettes of the produce and animals found on the estate. Also included are the name of the local post office, the telephone number, and the nearest freight location. A beautiful and very rare piece.


Condition: B+

Lightly toned and trimmed with minor loss of neatline at top and bottom.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/9/2021