Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific” for its pristine beaches and abundant marine life, Mazatlan lies along the western coast of Mexico which made it a strategic location for commercial shipping in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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By 1936, when Beal painted this watercolor, it was developing into a popular tourist destination. The gothic and baroque inspired Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was completed in 1899 and rises grandly over the historic district of Old Mazatlan.
Estate of the artist
To Royal Galleries, Englewood, New Jersey, 1968
Eventually to private collection, Duluth, Georgia, until 2012
(verso in pencil) Church, Mazatlan
Reynolds Beal: Impressionist Landscapes and Seascapes (Cranbury, New Jersey: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989), No. 1145, illustrated in black and white on page 179.