The History of William Spratling

The History of Spratling Silver

William Spratling quickly made many friends in the literary, political and artistic worlds of Mexico.  The summers he spent in Mexico during 1926, 1927, and 1928 enabled him to establish many contacts among the then current "movers and shakers."

Spratling moved to Mexico in 1929 to write his book Little Mexico.  When Dwight Morrow, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico mentioned to Spratling that Morrow wanted to make a personal "non political" gift to the city of Cuernavaca, Spratling suggested that his friend Diego Rivera might be persuaded to create frescoes in the Cortes Palace in Cuernavaca.  

For helping to arrange this transaction, Spratling received two thousand dollars, which he immediately used to purchase a house in the Calle de las Delicias in Taxco.