This collection contains forty-two pencil drawings primarily of California Native Americans,
California landscapes, Mexico, and Central America, drawn in 1851 and 1852 by American artist, and later United States Consul
to Bermuda, Henry B. Brown.
Henry B. Brown was probably born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in January 1816. In the 1840s, he worked as a portrait artist
and engraver, and in 1851 he traveled to San Francisco with his
friend Jacob Bailey Moore. Brown worked for Moore for the next several months, gathering specimens and making drawings
in the California countryside. In March of 1852, he was commissioned
by John Russell Bartlett, head of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Commission and a friend of Moore, to draw views of landscapes
and Indians in Northern California, assist with collecting Indian
vocabularies, and make maps of the area, with a view towards contributing to Bartlett's book "Personal Narrative of Explorations
and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and
Chihuahua" (1854). Brown traveled to New York in the late summer of 1852, and presumably drew his coastal scenes of Mexico
and Central America during the trip. From 1856 to 1859, he served
as US Consul for Bermuda. Little is known of his life after that date; his health was poor at the time of his resignation
in 1859, and he may have died in late 1860 or soon after. He should
not be confused with the Maine artist Harrison Bird Brown (1831-1915) or with the escaped slave Henry "Box" Brown (b. 1816).
43 items in 3 boxes
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