[ 1883]. Oil on canvas, 18 x 26 inches, on original wooden stretcher, with letters in lower margin, after the lithographed view of the same title published by Bosqui. Very good. Item #WRCAM44831
"Edward Bosqui was born in 1833 in Montreal, of French descent. When he was about seventeen years old he decided to go to California. He went by way of Panama, where like a good many others who headed for the Gold Rush in those days, he became stranded. He worked his way up through Mexico, a hazardous trip, but young Bosqui survived the many hardships....He arrived in San Francisco in the latter part of 1850, and his first job was as cashier of the first bank to be established there. Afterwards he served as General Fremont's secretary. He first went into the printing business in 1859 at Clay and Leidesdorff Streets and stayed at that location for thirty-nine years. Bosqui did bookbinding as well as printing and lithography....He printed the EVENING BULLETIN in the early days of its existence, and did a great deal of commercial label work" - Peters. The Arctic Oil Works was established on a Bay side pier between 17th and 16th streets in 1883 to produce refined oils from seals, whales, and elephant seals. Soon after opening it became the largest oil refinery on the West Coast. In 1902 the oil works became incorporated as part of Standard Oil. The painting is quite similar to the scarce lithographed view produced by Bosqui, although more Impressionistic in style and without quite as much detail. The spelling mistakes in the address of the works ("Potrcro" instead of Potrero) and in the address of the offices ("ZB" instead of 28) further suggest this painting to be after the lithographed view. The painting, however, shows considerable age, is on the original stretcher, and dates from the late 19th century. PETERS, CALIFORNIA ON STONE, pp.60-61. J. Russell Harper, EARLY PAINTERS AND ENGRAVERS IN CANADA, p.39.