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John C. White

TITLE: Sierra Logging

SIZE: 15.5″ X 27.5″

MEDIUM: Watercolor on Paper

SIGNED: Lower Right

DATED: 1889

Born in England in 1837.  White was a member of the British Army and a corporal in the Royal Engineers when posted to British Columbia in 1859.  He took over as artist of Waddington’s expedition after the departure of Frederick Whymper and was official artist of the Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865.  While in this capacity, he was active the San Francisco Bay area in 1864 to 1873.  Exh:  Mechanics’ Inst. (SF), 1864.

Edan Hughes, author of the book “Artists in California, 1786-1940”
Early Painters & Engravers in Canada (Harper); Census.