Album Californiano
Baturone & Ferran, circa 1850
BATURONE, José and FERRAN, Augusto. [Album Californiano. Havana: 1849-50.]

Seven lithographs of "Tipos Californianos". The Cuban artists Augusto Ferran and José Baturone arrived in San Francisco in early 1849 to join the Gold Rush, beating out the arrival of the majority of artists who arrived in significant numbers only in the late spring. Ferran and Baturone did not stay long, however, and returned to Havana to publish this series in late 1849 or, more likely, 1850. The vivid depictions of miners convening in San Francisco in 1849 are full of personality and humor. The complete series of 14 prints is known in only two institutional copies (Yale, Huntington). The last appearance of any from this series that we trace at auction was in 1971. The prints present here are: "A Protector of the Arts," "An exellent Segar" (sic), "Solid Arguments," Two observators," "Selling off," "Filling up a blank," and "Out and done." Driesbach/Jones, Art of the Gold Rush, p. 17; Howes F-94 ("b," citing 12 plates); Peters California on Stone, p. 160.

Seven hand-colored lithographs (only, of 14) by Augusto Ferran (2) and José Baturone (5), printed by L. Marquier in Havana. Approximately 358 x 277 mm (sheet size). (Two prints with creasing, some minor marginal soiling or trivial spots, last print backed.) Hinged to window mats. Custom solander case. Provenance: neat captions in French in the same early hand (in all but one, some trimmed).

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