Towns, Trains, and Terrain: Early California Prints from the Pope Collection

216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Drawn from a recent gift of nearly 200 prints and original works on paper from the Peter T. Pope Early California Collection, this exhibition examines the history of California from maps and depictions of Gold Rush towns to the influx of train travel and urban scenes of San Francisco. Artists, cartoonists, and printmaking firms, including Edward Jump, Currier and Ives, Charles Braddock Gifford, the Nahl Brothers, and Britton & Rey are represented side-by-side. The featured works showcase details of life in the Golden State through printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving, and lithography. The diversity of subject matter within the exhibition also documents the difficult realities of building California, with under-told narratives of life and labor that provide a more complete picture of the state’s history.