Artists’ Honeymoon: At Work & Play in Monterey & Beyond, 1910-1920
(4 parts, 140 pages, 160 illustrations in sepia and full color)
This unique window onto the history of Monterey and environs features 150 century- old photographs. Never before published, they have been selected from a recently rediscovered trove of 570 negatives, and supplemented with associated paintings and period documents.
The 3.5” x 5″ negatives were made with an early folding camera by artist Rowena Meeks Abdy (1887-1945) and her husband writer Harry Bennet Abdy (1868-1963) during their extended honeymoon in Monterey, where they married in 1910.
Their unique personal story offers an insiders’ view of the Monterey Peninsula in the early 20th century. While recapitulating the development of early Monterey neighborhoods, it also exemplifies California’s leading role in the international Arts and Crafts movement – a set of design preferences inspired in nature that became both ethos and lifestyle for Rowena, Harry and talented friends including Armin Hansen, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, Lester Boronda, and E. Charlton Fortune.