Room Eight

Framed Art

William H. O'Grady was active in San Francisco in 1854-57 with a studio on Clay Street. This painting was published locally by lithographers Justh, Quirot, & Company.

View of Downieville, Forks of the North Yuba River
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View of Downieville, Forks of the North Yuba River
BANC PIC 1985.071--FR
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A group of seven men around a campfire in a moonlit forest setting. One other man is getting pans at the left rear. B. V. Brooks is known only as the painter of this scene. Perhaps it is B. Vincent Brooks of London.

California pioneers around a campfire
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California pioneers around a campfire
BANC PIC 1963.002:1501--FR
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Charles Kuchel immigrated from Switzerland to America in the 1840s and by 1853 had moved to San Francisco, where he became a partner with Emil Dresel in a lithography firm that specialized in views of California cities and mining towns. Dresel had worked as an architect in Wiesbaden, Germany before joining the Gold Rush in 1849. He sketched throughout Northern California and Oregon in the 1850s and the partnership produced lithographs made from his sketches. Their views were frequently surrounded by a border of smaller scenes.

Chinese, Tolumne [sic] County, Southern Mines, California
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Chinese, Tolumne [sic] County, Southern Mines, California
BANC PIC 1997.004--FR
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Two older miners and a young boy. Near the boy is a water pail and dipper. The mine opening in the right background is propped with timbers. A native of France, Ernest E. Narjot studied art in Paris before joining the Gold Rush in 1849. After three unsuccessful years in the Mother Lode area, he joined a mining expedition to Sonora, Mexico. He later returned to San Francisco in 1865 and set up a studio at 610 Clay Street. By the 1880's he was considered one of California's foremost painters. Narjot was commissioned to paint the ceiling at Leland Stanford's tomb at Stanford University and, while working there, paint splashed in his eyes. The final months of his life were spent in blindness, deteriorating health and poverty. He died in San Francisco on August 24, 1898. His works are rare since many of his paintings were destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906.

Days of gold
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Days of gold
BANC PIC 1963.002:1377--FR
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With Sutter's Mill dominating the scene in the center, one miner pauses from his labor beside a frame building while another kneels with his bed roll burden near a "cradle." The artist is unknown.

Gold mining at Sutter's Mill, Coloma, California
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Gold mining at Sutter's Mill, Coloma, California
BANC PIC 1963.002:1522--FR
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A rare hand-colored lithograph by Nathaniel Currier executed prior to 1857. It was then that his bookkeeper, James Merritt Ives became his partner, and the now familiar name "Currier and Ives" came into being.

The independent gold hunter on his way to California
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The independent gold hunter on his way to California: I neither borrow nor lend
BANC PIC 1991.077--FR
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A watercolor of a gold mining site along river showing numerous miners at work as well as a few Indians, tents, and campsites visible on bank. Some claims are identified by name: Essex Company, A.J. Bryant, W.A. Egery, Sajean Co., B.R., P.S.W., and B.R. The artist is unknown.

Gold diggins of California
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Gold diggins of California
BANC PIC 1989.020--FR
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Steven William Shaw had been living in New Orleans before joining the Gold Rush, and arrived in San Francisco in August, 1849, and mined for a few months before returning to art. He was a member of the 1850 expedition that discovered Humboldt Bay. In 1852 he established a studio in San Francisco and was much sought after as a portraitist.

General John A. Sutter
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General John A. Sutter
BANC PIC 19xx.017--FR
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A flat boat being poled up river has hit rapids. One native falls overboard as passengers look on while other two boatmen try to pass the danger zone, dramatized by the previously wrecked boat seen on the flotsam-laden island. A native of Germany, Charles Nahl was born into a family of artists in Cassel. He emigrated to New York with his half-brother Hugo in 1849, and in 1850 they went to work in the gold fields of California. In a few months, however, they resumed their profession as photographers and commercial artists in San Francisco. Nahl's works are among the best pictorial documents of life in mining camps in the early days, and he was one of the first artists in California to paint the unexplored peaks and vastness of Yosemite and the High Sierra. He died in San Francisco of typhoid fever in 1878.

Incident on the Chagres River, Panama
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Incident on the Chagres River, Panama
BANC PIC 1963.002:1361--FR
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The artist in the foreground is sketching the scene described in the title, the river valley with ferry, and high buttes behind. For health reasons Thomas Hill was forced to seek a milder climate, and in 1861 Hill arrived in San Francisco, where he first advertised as a portrait painter. Later, after visiting Yosemite with William Keith and Virgil Williams, and exhibited Yosemite scenes at the National Academy. Although for half a century his panoramic landscapes were considered old-fashioned, today his work has regained its proper stature and he is considered a giant in American art.

Byrnes Ferry on the Stanislaus River, Calaveras County, California
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Byrnes Ferry on the Stanislaus River, Calaveras County, California
BANC PIC 1963.002:1366--FR
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Lithographers Napoleon Sarony and Henry B. Major were partners in New York City from 1846 to 1857. Pictured here is a country road surrounded by forest with a mining company's buildings and works.

Grass Valley Quartz Mining Company's Works
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Grass Valley Quartz Mining Company's Works
BANC PIC 1963.002:1468--FR
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Robert E. Ogilby appears to have come to California about 1852 as a topographer. He was professor of drawing and painting at Durant University School and continued there after it became the University of California in 1868. He died in Oakland on March 9, 1884.

View of Grass Valley
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View of Grass Valley
BANC PIC 1963.002:0849--FR
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