publication . Article . 2015

El panorama acuático de la ciudad de México de principios del siglo XX: El Plano en prespectiva de la ciudad y el valle de México, 1906, de Henry Wellge

Widdifield, Stacie G.; Banister, Jeffrey M.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Dec 2015
  • Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas
Abstract
We examine Henry Wellge's 1906 chromolithograph, Perspective Plan of the City and Valley of Mexico, D.F., a panoramic view that organizes the capital and its lacustrine environs through close up and distant perspectives. The Plan depicts a landscape integrated by canals, rivers, and lakes, recording a pivotal moment before modern hydraulic infrastructure would remove surface water from view. We thus interrogate this image as a visual register of hydraulic-control ideals in vogue around 1900, as Mexico was politically centralizing resource governance, and reorganizing rural and urban space through the construction of modern waterworks. Wellge's plan compels us to...
Subjects
free text keywords: panoramic city views, Valley of Mexico, Mexico City, Porfirian Mexico, hydraulic geographies, chromolithographic prints, panoramas urbanos, valle de México, ciudad de México, porfirismo, geografía hidráulica, cromolitografía

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