Three views of Tubac, Arizona, in three centuries are depicted in three paintings by noted Tubac artist Roy Purcell, which were recently unveiled at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. The paintings were commissioned by Tubac resident Chuck Ciruli and depict Tubac in the 1760s, 1860s and 1960s. Students of Arizona and American Western history will be fascinated by these monumental and detailed portrayals of life over time in Tubac, a focal point for Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Pioneer American, and Arizonan cultures.
Shaw Kinsley, director of the Presidio Park stated in a recent news release, “Mr. Purcell has been able to take advantage of new scholarship on the Tubac Presidio, and his 1760s painting properly depicts the original Spanish Presidio of San Ignacio, the correct fort at the time.”
The church of Santa Gertrudis, commissioned by Presidio commander Juan Bautista de