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Jo Mora
Artist, sculptor and writer

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Photo Accession CV # 71-001-JM-34
5x7 Film Negative
By Lewis Josselyn October 3, 1927

This photo by Carmel photographer Lewis Josselyn shows Joseph Jacinto Mora at work on one of his maps in his Pebble beach workshop. Jo Mora was not only an artist but also a sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on October 22, 1876.
After moving to the United States with his family in the mid 1880s, he studied art in the East then worked for the Boston Herald newspaper as a cartoonist and illustrator.
Mora came West to California in spring of 1903 first to San Jose to see an old friend, Bob Eaton. In June of 1904 he set out for the Hopi village of Oraibi in Arizona. He lived with the Hopi and photographed and sketched them we have a few of his photos from that time.
In 1907, he marred Grace Alma Needham and they moved to Mountain View, California.
Mark Daniels, Landscape architect, Jo Mora and Chesley Bonestell, Artist Circa 1913.
In the early 1920s he moved to Carmel to be near the Carmel Mission after being commissioned to do the Serra Cenotaph for Fr. Ramon Mestres (1865-1930). It was unveiled on November 12, 1924.
And in 1922 he moved to Pebble Beach where established a home and large studio.
He published three books A Log of the Spanish Main in 1933, Trail Dust and Saddle Leather in 1946 and Californios in 1949 after his death. Jo Mora died in Monterey, California on November 10, 1947.
Holdings: over 115 5x7 negatives and prints by Lewis Josselyn of Jo Mora at work in his studio and the Mora family and his brother Luis Mora (1874-1940), And at the Carmel Mission and other sites.
We also have photos of Jo working on The Doughboy, monument, Circa 1920, California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar, 1925, Twister Bronze, 1926, Fr. Serra wood Sculpture, Circa 1927 for Carmel Woods, Cowgirl, June 3, 1929, The E. C. Anthony Mantle, September 1929, The Poppy Nymph, Circa 1930, Portola Expedition diorama for the 1939 World Fair, the Will Rogers Memorial diorama, Circa 1939, Carmel Dairy Murals in his studio.
We also have photos of Charles John Dickmam, Armin Hansen, William Ritchel, George & Catherne Seideneck, Ferdinand Burgdorff, Louise M. Carpenter, William Adams, Joseph Kurth Oliver and other early Carmel and Monterey and California artists.
Holdings: over 28,000 Photos of Monterey County listed in our database. And over 81,955 historical California images in our Photo Archives.
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