Study of California Sequoia Tree

Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854)

Published by Grass Valley, California: 1851-52, 1851
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) Study of California Pine and Sequoia Tree Grass Valley, California: 1851-52 Pencil drawing An early 19th-century lifelong world traveler, Frederick Catherwood was active in England, Central America, New York City and San Francisco during the early days of the Gold Rush. Of Scottish heritage, Catherwood was born in London, England in 1799 to a prosperous family. He worked as an apprentice architect and then studied at the Royal Academy in the 1820s, then completed his formal education in architecture at Oxford University. Although his training was in architecture, he decided his real passion in life was for art, especially images from his many travels of the sites of ancient cultures. Early in his career, Catherwood traveled up the Nile River as an expedition artist in 1824 with Englishman Robert Hay, and the expedition is credited with laying the foundations for Egyptian archeology. Catherwood later explored Central American jungles and visited Mayan ruins with fellow explorer John Lloyd Stephens in two trips between 1839 and 1841. From these explorations, Catherwood published 25 lithographs, a map, with text from over 200 original drawings, sepias, and watercolors in Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan. At the height of the California Gold Rush in 1850 Catherwood moved to San Francisco and was appointed as an engineer on the first projected railway in California, the Benecia-Marysville Railroad. This study of a sequoia trees was drawn at Grass Valley (Nevada County), most likely while Catherwood was working as a railroad engineer. No other drawings, apart from the drawings from this set, from Catherwood’s time in California (1850-52) appear to have survived. By 1853, Catherwood had left California. He died on September 20, 1854, after a French vessel rammed the boat on which he was sailing from Liverpool to the United States. Bookseller Inventory # F00602c

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Title: Study of California Sequoia Tree

Publisher: Grass Valley, California: 1851-52

Publication Date: 1851

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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