ONE OF THE MOST ACCURATE PORTRAITS OF SAN FRANCISCO

 

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AUTHOR:

GODDARD, GEORGE HENRY

TITLE:

Bird’s Eye View of San Francisco and Surrounding Country

CONDITION:

31” x 48”. Lithographed view, with original hand color.

DATE:

San Francisco, 1880

DESCRIPTION:

George Goddard’s San Francisco takes in all of the surrounding bay and for the first time shows the city from high above the Pacific Ocean. John Reps called this bird’s eye view “stunning” and praised it as “one of the most convincing and accurate of the many portraits of San Francisco.” The city dominates the foreground while the topography itself extends eastward to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. One of the peaks of this mountain range is named “Mount Goddard” in honor of the surveyor who made this view.

San Francisco had a population of 230,000 in 1880 and was a flourishing port city teeming with vessels. Market Street can be clearly seen cutting diagonally across the cityscape and individual buildings are accurately delineated along the crowded streets. The Golden Gate, the strait that connects the bay to the ocean, is located at the lower left.

George Goddard was an English artist and engraver who came to California in 1849 to mine for gold. Instead he became the city’s most celebrated view maker. The first edition of his San Francisco was published in 1868. The 1880 edition being offered here includes several revisions and updates.

REFERENCES:

Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America, 337, p. 254; locating just two examples, California Historical Society and California State Library.

Inventory No. 8593

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