Item #4369 Vue de Sacramento [caption title]. California, Louis le Breton.

Vue de Sacramento [caption title]

[N.d., but Paris]: Le Breton, [n.d., but between 1854 and 1910]. Hand-colored lithograph. Image area: 9.75 x 14.25 inches, overall sheet size: 14 x 19.5 inches. Mounted to later board. Small bump to lower left edge, some chipping to bottom edge, paper remnants along top edge and some marginal discoloration from previous matting. Very good. Item #4369

A striking waterfront view of Gold Rush-era Sacramento, depicting an energetic and developing township recently flooded with emigrants from around the United States and the world. The image shows the Old Sacramento Waterfront from the Sacramento River towards the city, down J Street. The busy commercial waterfront district is populated with dozens of people moving about the town, as well as numerous houses, identified businesses (City Hotel, Eagle Theatre, Eldorado Exchange, Fremont House, General Jackson's Hotel, J.B. Starr & Company, and others), tents (one identified as Hot Cake and Coffee), and wagons. The bank of the shore also shows stacks of building materials and cargo. Several vessels are pictured on the river, including sailing ships, a sidewheel steamship, and rowboats. Interestingly, one of the larger sailing ships sports the flag of a Chilean sailing ship. The view was produced just before the railroads came to Sacramento later in the 1850s.

The view was prepared by the French painter, draughtsman, and lithographer Louis Le Breton (1818-1866). Before largely committing to lithography in 1849, Le Breton concentrated much of his painting on nautical scenes, as he spent much of his early career as a shipboard surgeon. The dating of the present lithograph is difficult, as examples were produced for several decades in the 19th century and into the first two decades of the 20th century without distinction between the various editions. Interestingly, Le Breton is also credited on a larger print of the present view, titled Ville de Sacramento and dated 1851, which is held by the Bancroft Library. With regard to the present example, we could locate no institutional copies. A stunning display piece of the capital city of California at an early time of explosive growth and development.

Price: $2,250.00