Page 243. Although William Thurston Black is known to have painted several portraits in San Diego, his study of Alonzo Horton is the only local work so far identified. It was donated to the San Diego Historical Society by the Chamber of Commerce in 1949.
Page 244. The San Diego College of Music and Art Palace at 928 Sixth Street had large street level windows for the display of pictures and decorative objects of all kinds. On the easel in the window is a painting of Mission Valley done in 1888 by Santa Cruz artist Frank L. Heath, now in the collection of the San Diego Historical Society.
Page 245. Schneider’s Book Store on Fifth Street between F and G sold artists’ supplies and frames as well as books and stationery. Eventually, Schneider’s also opened a sales gallery for art work.
Page . Ammi Merchant Farnham’s best known painting, “Daisy Girl,” was completed about 1881. It now hangs in the Buffalo Club, New York. California’s missions were popular subjects for artists. Farhnam did this etching of the Santa Barbara mission as well as several others.
Page 249. Ammi Merchant Farnham, first “dean” of San Diego’s art colony.
Page 249. California’s missions were popular subjects for artists. Farhnam did this etching of the Santa Barbara mission as well as several others.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS on pages 243, 244 and 245 are from the San Diego Historical Society’s Title Insurance and Trust Collection. The painting “Daisy Girl” on page 248 is courtesy of Ann M. Fahnstock, photo by John Slaughter. The view of Santa Barbara mission is courtesy of Mary Ryan. The portrait of Farnham on page 249 is from a private collection in Carlsbad, California.