Albuquerque’s Forgotten Collector:

Mary Lester Field’s Spanish Colonial Collection

by David Saiz, MA Student in Art History and UNM Art Museum Research Assistant

Figure 1, Image scan from Leona Mae Boylan, “A Study of Mary Lester Field, Collection of Spanish Colonial Silver,” (MA Thesis, University of New Mexico, 1967).
Figure 2, Newly attributed to José Manuel Benavides (active 1830–1855), La virgen pura/Our Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, c. 1820–1835, wood, gesso, water-based pigments.
Figure 2 and 3, Correspondence from Mary Austin to Mrs. Neill B. Field, 16 December 1933, MSS 31 BC, Box 1, Folder 6, Mary Hunter Austin Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Figure 4, Mary Lester Field’s collection, July 7–23, 1943, PICT 000–132–0006, Box 132, Folder 2, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. Figure 5, Mary Lester Field’s collection, July 7–23, 1943, PICT 000–132–0005, Box 132, Folder 2, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. Back of photographs: “UNM, Exhibit: July 7–23, 1945, Laboratory of Anthropology Santa Fe, NM — Field Collection & materials from private collection in Santa Fe.”

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