Born in Uruguay into a family of distinguished artists, Joseph Jacinto ???Jo??? Mora studied art in Boston and New York before going out West, where in the first decades of the 20th century he painted, sculpted, photographed, and wrote about the cowboys and Indians whose traditional ways of life were then rapidly dying out. He lived with the Hopi and Navajo in order to document their folkways. Known as the ???Renaissance Man of the West,??? Mora also wrote and illustrated children???s books, and his photographs are in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
In this famous pictorial map of Yosemite National Park, Mora depicts one of the most beautiful settings in America in loving and humorous detail. An actual "capitan" is shown standing atop El Capitan, and on Cloud???s Rest peak, a debonair cloud relaxes in a wingchair. Vivid color!
This is the 3rd printing of this design. The first was done in black and white and hand colored by Mora in 1931. The 2nd was printed in color in 1941 with minor design changes, and the 3rd in 1949 with additional minor changes (both D'Apres Mora).