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AUCTION 20

161. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. TWO ROADS IN CALIFORNIA | Lith. & Pubd. by Britton & Rey Cor. Montgomery & Commercial Sts. S. Fco. [Baird 275]

Eight vignettes. Left, down: Jones and Brown Landing (two men walk on wharf, ships anchored background); Brown stick [sic] to it (Brown drives a six-ox wagon through a cleared forest toward Half Way House); Getting a head [ahead?] (Brown plowing; pigs with cattle in corral, right, log cabin, left); Industry’s Reward (Brown, with wife and children, seated on second-story verandah of their home–which is rather curious architecturally; it looks more like a store; in back, many men plowing in pasture). Right, down: Jones don’t like hard Work (Jones lying on grass by roadside while Brown works with pick and shovel); Trys [sic] a fast way to make money (men crowded around long gambling table; bar in background); Wommen [sic] and Wine (couples dancing and drinking in a large draped room); Ruin and the Gutter (Jones sprawled in gutter beside a lamppost, being kicked by a passerby; horse and cart going by, left; the driver ignores him).

Lithograph. Eight vignettes together: 6.1 x 9 cm, on a single sheet measuring 25.3 x 19 cm, white wove. Good. Upper right corner wanting just into image area, light staining at lower left. Peters, California on Stone, p. 79.

See Lot 160 for notes on the history of California pictorial lettersheets. ($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $293.75

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