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Portrait of Rudecinda Florencia Sepulveda de Dodson at the Casa de Adobe
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
The Casa de Adobe, located below the Southwest Museum at 4605 N. Figueroa Street, was completed in 1918 by the Hispanic Society of California and donated to the museum in 1925. Modeled after the San Diego County landmark, Rancho Guajome, a pre-1850s Spanish California rancho, the Casa was designed by the office of architect Theodore Eisen. Constructed in the traditional manner by local adobe craftsmen, the rooms were decorated with antique furniture. Casa de Adobe is now California Historical Monument #493 and is operated by the Autry National Center.
This framed portrait of Rudecinda Florencia Sepulveda de Dodson by artist Hernando G. Villa was loaned to the Casa de Adobe in 1930. She is a member of one of the oldest California families and is depicted in a cream silk brocade wedding dress and a mantilla that has been in her family for more than 200 years, once worn by the wife of Dolores Sepulveda, the first owner of Rancho Palos Verdes.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-701 8x10
Sepulveda de Dodson, Rudecinda Florencia--Portraits
Casa de Adobe (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Museums--California--Los Angeles
Portrait paintings
Wedding clothing & dress
Mantillas--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
California Historical Landmarks
Highland Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Villa, Hernando G
Eisen, Theodore

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