4 May 2017

Lunchtime talk: The remarkable Miss Breton

Tour the exhibition and find out more about the remarkable Adela Breton, and why the work she did over 100 years ago is so important today.

The remarkable Adela Breton (1849-1923) worked at archaeological sites in Mexico making full-size colour copies of ancient Mexican ruins.

Born in London, lived in Bath, worked in Mexico, travelled the world, died in Barbados – Miss Adela Catherine Breton was not today’s idea of a typical Victorian woman. In 1892, she went to Mexico for the first time. With her guide, Pablo Solorio, she travelled the country, sketching the landscape and the archaeological ruins.

Her copies of the wall paintings in temples and buildings in Chichén Itzá, Teotihuacan and Acancéh are now the only full record of what was there in the 1900s. They allow today’s academics to interpret the images and the history they show. They are recognised as of great importance for Mesoamerican studies.

Part of the Adela Breton: Ancient Mexico in Colour exhibition.

Designed to fit around your lunch hour, our lunchtime talks explore a selection of treasures from our exhibitions and collections.

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