The Journal of San Diego History
Spring 1978, Volume 24, Number 2
Thomas L. Scharf, Managing Editor

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Old Town

Page 152. One of the earliest known lithographic views of Old Town San Diego (1846) appeared in William H. Emory’s Notes of a Military Reconnaissance from Fort Leavenworth in Missouri to San Diego in California

Page 154. The so-called Couts drawing of “Mission San Diego” was actually first completed by an itinerant artist, H.M.T. Powell, who visited San Diego in 1849-1850. The Powell sketch was later copied and refined by other artists.

Page 155. A “Bird’s Eye View of Coronado Beach, San Diego Bay, and the City of San Diego in the Distance” by E. S. Moore.

Page 156-157. A. E. Mathews’ lithograph view of San Diego as “The Terminus of the Texas Pacific Railway” was judged to be “exceedingly defective” by contemporaries. The mountain ranges appeared to be too close to the city “crowding San Diego into the bay.”

Page 158-159. H. C. Ford’s watercolor of Mission San Fernando. Ford was a landscape painter originally from New York and Chicago who settled in Santa Barbara in 1875. He completed a series of etchings of the California missions which were exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Page 160-161. A California artist from Santa Cruz, Frank L. Heath, spent the winter of 1887 in San Diego “making sketches of the scenery.” His view of Mission Valley (above) is almost identical to a photograph of the valley by C. W. Judd (right) taken in the late 1880’s.


Page 164-165. A copy of W. Thurston Black’s portrait of “City Father” Alonzo Horton (above right) is shown here hanging in the parlor of San Diego’s Florence Hotel in a photograph by Joseph C. Parker probably taken around the late 1880’s or mid 1890’s. The original portrait by Black is seen (above left) in its frame. One readily distinguishable difference between the two paintings is the longer length of Father Horton’s watch chain in the copy portrait.

Phoebe Farnham

Page 167. A portrait of Phoebe Farnham by Ammi Merchant Farnham is in the collections of the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego. Farnham was an artist of national standing who arrived in San Diego during the late nineteenth century.

Charles A. Fries

Page 168. “Charles A. Fries,” by Jean Rittenhouse. Later called the dean of San Diego painters, Fries came to the city in 1898 and stayed on to produce some of his better known works.