• Edward Jump, Earth Quakey Times, San Francisco, October 8, 1865, 1865. Lithograph, 14 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Peter T. Pope Early California Collection, 2019.75.7.
    Towns, Trains, and Terrain
    Early California Prints from the Pope Collection
    October 31, 2021 — January 30, 2022

The featured works showcase details of life in the Golden State through printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving, and lithography.

Drawn from a recent gift of nearly 200 prints and original works on paper from the Peter T. Pope Early California Collection, this exhibition examines the history of California from maps and depictions of Gold Rush towns to the influx of train travel and urban scenes of San Francisco. Artists, cartoonists, and printmaking firms, including Edward Jump, Currier and Ives, Charles Braddock Gifford, the Nahl Brothers, and Britton & Rey are represented side-by-side. The featured works showcase details of life in the Golden State through printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving, and lithography. The diversity of subject matter within the exhibition also documents the difficult realities of building California, with under-told narratives of life and labor that provide a more complete picture of the state’s history.

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