ORPHA KLINKER PASTEL OF MARY FRANKLIN CREATES ANOTHER PUZZLE
Who was the Mary Franklin in this pastel by the great California artist Orpha Klinker? Images offered to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley create important challenges. We not only study the artist but the persons she portrayed. Our first lead on the mystery of Mary Franklin's story is that she arrived in Los Angeles on June 1, 1853. Mary may have been a librarian.