This intoxicating art book presents the best of the famed Honeyman Collection at the Bancroft Library: paintings and ephemera from the earliest days of the settlement of the West. The Collection includes over 2,300 items that focus on the visual interpretation of California and the West from 1790 through the early 1930s: they include the popular prints and lithographs of the day, the finest art of the period, the clipper ship cards, and the tons of ephemera depicting wild lands that comparatively few people had seen.
Here are artists both recognizable and long-forgotten, whose work represents some of our first records of the once-exotic American frontier.
Jack von Euw is curator of the Pictorial Collection at the Bancroft Library. He is former archivist for the Smithsonian Institution’s West Coast Regional Office of the Archives of American Art and former curator of the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery.