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New Exhibit: California Missions by Edwin Deakin

October 4, 2023 - February 18, 2024

New Exhibit: California Missions by Edwin Deakin

October 5, 2023 – February 18, 2024


The California mission system left behind an architectural legacy, which artist Edwin Deakin began to document in the 1890s. By that time, several of the missions were in a state of disrepair and decay and there was growing alarm that California would lose these architectural monuments of its past. Deakin captured the missions in two sets of oils and one in watercolor, often traveling by wagon to make surveys on site. The result is an unparalleled artistic record and Deakin’s outstanding achievement.

In partnership with the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library we present his twenty-one oils from their collection alongside the watercolors from ours, for the first time. Both collections have been carefully preserved for future generations.


Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm; Thursday 12-7pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 E de la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-1601


October 4
February 18, 2024
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Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East de la Guerra
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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