Carl Ahrens (1862-1936)

Santa Barbara Mission

This painting would have been rendered in the summer of 1906. It was not purchased by
George Wharton James, though he had commissioned the piece. Instead, the painting was brought back to Canada with Ahrens and was later purchased by his patron, Malcolm S. Mercer. The last known record of this painting is a reproduction that appeared in a 1909 article in the Toronto World newspaper. That is where I got this image.

San Juan Capistrano Mission

This painting would have been rendered in the summer of 1906. It may have been purchased by author George Wharton James, as commissioned. The last known record of the work was a reproduction that appeared in a 1909 article of the Toronto World newspaper. That image is used here.

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The Steps to the Choir Gallery at San Gabriel Mission - This painting was done in June of 1906 in San Gabriel, California. I am unsure if it is an oil or a watercolor, and do not know the size of the work. It originally belonged to California author George Wharton James and was completed as part of a commission. James loaned the painting to the Smithsonian for an exhibition in 1909. After that there is no known record of the painting.


Mission San Antonio de Padua- This painting would have been completed in the summer of 1906 as part of a commission for California author, George Wharton James. I am unsure if the painting is an oil or a watercolor and do not know its size. Mr. James loaned the painting to the Smithsonian in 1909 as part of an exhibition. There are no known records of the work after that date. There is a possibility it remains in California.


The Facade of the San Diego Mission

This painting was completed in the summer of 1906 as part of a commission for California author George Wharton James. Mr. James loaned it to the Smithsonian in 1909 as part of an exhibition. This photo of it also appeared in an article in the Toronto World on September 19th, 1909

Missing Paintings of the California Missions

San Luis Rey de Francia

This painting would have been rendered in the summer of 1906. It may have been purchased by George Wharton James, as commissioned. The last known record of the painting was a reproduction of it in a 1909 article in the Toronto World newspaper.