Gabriel Iturri, Letters to His Mother
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Gabriel Iturri, also known as Gabriel de Iturri or Gabriel de Yturri, was born in Yerba Buena, a small hamlet in Tucumán Province, Argentina, on March 12, 1860. The second son of Genoveva Zurita and Pedro Iturri, the young Iturri was remembered by the Frenchman Paul Groussac, his schoolteacher at the Colegio Nacional de Tucumán, for his talents on stage. The young Iturri performed the lead role of Marcela in a school production of Marcela o cuál de las tres, displaying the vibrant charisma that would later earn him a place in Parisian society.
With the establishment of a new railroad connecting Tucumán and Buenos Aires in 1876, Iturri left home and ventured to Buenos Aires, with the intent of continuing his studies. Five years later, Iturri journeyed to Europe, residing for two years in Lisbon, before arriving in Paris in 1883. As secretary and companion to Robert de Montesquiou, whom he met at an exposition of Delacroix at the École des Beaux Arts in 1885, the pair enjoyed what Montesquiou characterized as "twenty years of incomparable friendship, of permanent and blazing zeal, of fearless and long-sighted devotion, of inalterable and constant faithfulness, that only expired with [Iturri's] death." During these years, Gabriel Iturri added a nobiliary particle to his name, becoming Gabriel de Iturri. This choice may have been prompted by Robert de Montesquiou; in any case, it explains the multiple forms and spellings of his name.
Iturri returned to Tucumán only once after leaving home, in 1890, to see his much beloved mother. Gabriel Iturri died in 1905 from complications related to diabetes.
Montesquiou-Fézensac, Robert de, Le chancelier de fleurs: douze stations d'amitié, Chateaudun: La Maison du Livre par La Société Typographique, 1908. http://reynaldo-hahn.net/Html/ecritsdiversChancelier.htm
Páez de la Torre, Carlos, El argentino de oro: una vida de Gabriel Iturri, Buenos Aires: Bajo La Luna, 2011.
This collection consists of 25 letters written by Gabriel Iturri: 24 sent to his mother Genoveva Zurita Iturri and 1 to his sister-in-law, Mercedes Aguirre Uriarte de Iturri. It includes 1 bound volume of the Argentine periodical Caras y Caretas (May 1910), which has an interview with Robert de Montesquiou on the subject of Iturri. In addition, each letter was transcribed by a descendant of Gabriel Iturri and a computer print-out of the transcription is included with the corresponding letter.
Purchased from Maria T. Iturri Carbonell in February 2012 (AM2012-70).
This collection was processed by Jill Baron in April 2012. Finding aid written by Jill Baron in April 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- Argentines--France--Paris--19th century
- Latin American literature
- Mothers and sons -- Argentina -- 19th century -- Correspondence
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Arranged roughly in chronological order, even when certain letters lack a clear date.
This series consists of twenty-four letters written by Gabriel Iturri to his mother, and one letter written to his sister-in-law. One of the items [ALS dated November 5, 1892, in Folder 8] appears to be two separate letters. As such, the letters are counted as two, even though they were originally kept together. This order has been retained. In addition, each letter has been transcribed by a descendant of Gabriel Iturri, and a computer print-out of each transcription is included with the original letter.Physical Description
A computer print-out (2 pages) of genealogical information about Gabriel Iturri's family provided by one of his descendants.Physical Description
Consists of bound volume of the Argentine periodical Caras y Caretas (Number 607), 195 pages, which includes an interview with Robert de Montesquiou on the subject of Gabriel Iturri. Computer print-out of transcription of interview included in folder.
Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.Physical Description
Bound volume of the Argentine periodical Caras y Caretas (Number 607), 195 pages, which includes an interview with Robert de Montesquiou on the subject of Gabriel Iturri. Computer print-out of transcription of interview included in folder.Physical Description