168. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. San Francisco 18 | Drawn by W. H. O’Grady from the West | Engraved & Printed by A. & J. Mc. Lees | Entered...1850, by P. O’Grady...Vermont. [Baird 238]
View from the west, with Yerba Buena Island in background, ships in bay. On the Plaza, El Dorado sign; buildings somewhat too high, but illustration gives a useful idea of general relationships. (Issued before January 29, 1851; almost a letterhead. Possibly not printed in California, but included as W. H. O’Grady was a San Francisco artist.) Dated 1850 in pencil.
Steel engraving. 16.5 x 23 cm on white wove. Very good. Trimmed, creased where formerly folded, small nick in lower left corner, silked.
See Lot 160 for notes on the history of California pictorial lettersheets. ($200-400)
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