Rosemary's B-day Card


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F. Luis Mora (1874-1940)

Rosemary Mora's Fifteenth Birthday Card

watercolor and pen on mat board

16 1/2 x 14 inches

framed in natural oak, double matted with self-mat and dark green acid-free mat, 21 x 18 1/2 inches.

Rosemary Mora was born on July 27, 1918. This is her hand-painted fifteenth birthday card from her father, F. Luis Mora. It has Mora's self portrait at age 59, and a portrait of his new wife, May Safford Mora at age 54.  A charming cat helps them hold a celebration garland. Below, two leprechauns offer Rosemary a cardboard treasure chest, that still opens. Apparently Mora put a crisp bill inside for Rosemary's birthday present.  He hand-lettered a celebratory poem, wishing her joy and happiness.

This watercolor was published in:  F. Luis Mora:  America's First Hispanic Master by Lynne Pauls Baron, published by Falk Art Reference in 2008, page 281. Click the title of the book for reference.



The black square above is open space. The left portion of the mat is made to fold inward. The painting was produced on mat board, and Mora cut an opening to self-mat the painting.  A dark green acid-free mat has been placed around it.




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