San Francisco Water Front Prior to April 1851

$7,000.00
Quantity available: 1
Framed to 18.5 x 43.5 inches in modern frame. Signed on the print, lower right with a legend key identifying buildings visible in the print. NOTE: THE IMAGES SHOWN HERE WERE MADE OF THE FRAMED PIECE THROUGH GLASS; THE DISCOLORATION AND SHADOWS ARE NOT PRESENT ON THE ACTUAL PIECE.

This rare panorama is composed of a pair of silver photographs made by Martin Behrman (in 1910) from the original daguerreotypes by William Shew made prior to April, 1851. The vantage point is Portsmouth Square, Kearny and Merchant (now Washington) Streets. The photograph is in the original frame with labels below the image naming buildings and locations indicated on the photograph with white inked numbers. The photographs are remarkably clear, showing much detail of the original daguerreotypes. These are thought to be the first photographs of San Francisco (then, Yerba Buena). One of the original daguerreotypes is in the collection of the Bancroft Library; the other is unaccounted for and believed to be lost.

Keywords: history California, urban nautical 19csf

Item Details

Reference #:
4099
Quantity
1
Category
Fine Art
Department
Antiques
Year
1851/1910/later
Dimensions
(Width x Height X Depth)
38.00 x 11.00 x
Weight
Unknown
Condition
excellent. See Note below in description
Material
gelatin silver prints