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Auction 165, Lot 212

First Depiction of the San Fernando Valley

"Mission and Plain of San Fernando", U.S. Railroad Surveys

Subject: San Fernando, California

Period: 1856 (circa)

Publication: Survey for Routes for a Pacific Railroad Reports

Color: Hand Color

9.4 x 6.4 inches
23.9 x 16.3 cm
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This tinted lithograph is the first depiction of the San Fernando Valley (The Valley), the now urban northwest area of Los Angeles. The scene shows the walled mission, a rider on a horse, some cattle, and a native harvesting prickly pear fruit in the foreground. The San Gabriel Mountains are shown in the background.


Condition: B+

Light scattered foxing on a bright sheet.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 11/15/2017