Sr. Ignatia Cordis, CSJ
Sister M. Ignatia Cordis, CSJ, 1887-1986, founded the art department at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles in 1925.

Most of her earliest paintings were destroyed in the Bel Air Fire on November 6, 1961, when the convent (sisters' residence) burned. Most of these works are believed to have been painted in the 1960s.

They were photographed in 1979 at the time of a tribute exhibit. The images were scanned in August, 2012, from slides in the MSMC Archives. Many of the pictures grace walls of offices and meeting rooms on the Chalon and Doheny Campus but the exact whereabouts of most are unknown.

At least one is in the home of a private owner in Missouri.

A few depict the fire itself and its aftermath. A number of drawings and paintings were done near the Mount Campus in Brentwood, CA.

One watercolor shows what appears to be the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite. Landscapes and architectural images in this set suggest that Sister Ignatia may have painted in and around Yosemite Valley.

Cityscapes and fishing scenes of a seaside town are unidentified. However, Sister Ignatia did graduate work in San Francisco in the 1920s, so perhaps these paintings date from that earlier time.

One or two may be of Los Angeles near the present Doheny Campus of MSMC. The line drawing of the Victorian house is definitely one of the mansions near the campus.
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