George Henry Burgess (1831 - 1905) England
Watercolor on Paper
Measure 6 1/2"in H x 9 1/2"in W and 15 3//4"in H x 18 1/2"in W with frame
Known for: Topographic landscape, portrait, lithographer
Biography: Primarily known as a California painter, George Henry Burgess was from a large family of artists. A long-time resident of San Francisco, he also made periodic visits to the Hawaiian Islands. Born in London in 1831, he studied at the Somerset House School of Design in London, and worked in a lithography shop in the city. The California Gold Rush attracted George's two brothers, Charles and Edward, and in 1850 he and his older brother, William, joined them there. However, he and William soon turned from mining to running a jewelry store in Sonoma. In 1871, he became a co-founder of the San Francisco Art Association. In 1872, George Burgess traveled to London, where he married Emma, a daughter of the artist Alfred Clint. Returning to San Francisco, he painted portraits, gave art lessons, worked for the lithography firm of Britton & Rey, and executed a number of large history pieces. His largest historical scene was a lithographic recreation, completed in 1894, of his view of San Francisco as it appeared in the fall of 1848.