This is to certify that D. Hoffman Burrows who arrived in California November 1st 1849 is a member of the Society of California Pioneers No. 73.
San Francisco: Nahl Bros. Lith. L. Nagel Print, Sept. 20th 1859. Broadside 26 x 20 inches; lithograph on India paper laid onto thin linen. Paper worn at top left and top right outside the image, slight foxing and spotting, in very good condition. Signed in ink by Alexdr. Abell President, and Wm. R. Wheaton Secretary. Rare and desirable printing of some of the earliest views of San Francisco and the Bay area, that have since become iconic. From the top left, clockwise, we see gold miners panning for gold, Sutters Fort, Yosemite valley, the Big Trees grove at Yosemite (or Calaveras?), the Golden Gate, California natives in front of the Mission. a view of San Francisco, a Vaquero roping a steer; and in the centre, a hunter and a California bear on the left, a miner and his tools right, and between them the Bear Flag raising. Peters, California on Stone, 175, mentioned this extremely rare lithograph many of which were held by the Society and destroyed in 1906. Moreland L. Stevens, Charles Christian Nahl: Artist of the Gold Rush, 1818-1878: #80. A contract for the certificate was signed on 21 December 1858, which would make the date of publication sometime in 1859. Peters, American on Stone, plate 106; Peters, California on Stone, p. 173.
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