Discovering a family treasure at
Some months ago this column shook loose some
local history, bringing together the descendents of 19th century
artist Leon Trousset and the El Camino Real chapter of the
California Questers, who raised more than $14,000 for the
restoration of one of his Mission San Luis Rey oil
The first of two restorations was unveiled Aug. 23
at a Mission reception where 125 folks got to meet the artist's
80-year-old grandson, Manuel Trousset of Vista, his daughters and
The two paintings are impressive at 7
feet by 10 feet each.
"There were a couple of holes and some
tears in the canvas also, but they were repaired," says Bonsall's
Virginia Brophy of the Questers. "You cannot tell now where the
holes or tears were in the newly restored painting. Without
restoration, the painting would have been destroyed."
work was done at San Diego's Balboa Art Conservation
Hemet's Tracy Trousset brought her father to the
Mission to watch the first painting being taken down after a family
member read my early summer column about the Questers' restoration.
For years, the Trousset family, who had been long-time residents of
Oceanside, had no idea who had done the Mission
"They were astounded and so delighted to discover
the painting," Virginia told me. "Manuel told us he had worshiped at
the Mission and that three of his daughters had been married
But, he had no idea his grandfather was the artist of
the two famous paintings.
"I must have walked past those
painting hundreds of times, but they are hung very high on the wall
and the signature was not visible," he told the Questers. "I had no
idea it had been created by my grandfather."
Tracy has since
joined the El Camino Questers as they raise money for the second
To raise those big bucks, the
Questers are taking an Oct. 27 motor coach cultural tour up to
Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
First stop will be the
Edward Dean Museum of Decorative Arts in Cherry Valley, then the
Wilshire Apple Shed in Oak Glen for lunch and cider. In the
afternoon, a stop at San Bernardino County's oldest standing
museums, the Oak Glen Schoolhouse. Final stop will be the Precious
Times Antique Mall and Vintage Gardens in Redlands.
per person, which includes transportation, driver gratuity,
admissions, lunch and light refreshments on the bus. Reservations
must be made by Oct. 17. Call (760) 726-1819.
Notes for Tom
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