VIPS in the Port of San Francisco during the 1800s
Arrived on the SS Brother Jonatham,
February 2, 1853
Daily Alta California, February 3, 1853
The Brother Jonathan brings about 350 passengers, among whom are Mr. Miska Hauser, the distinguished violinist, accompanied by Mr. Layenu, the celebrated composer and director.
Daily Alta California, March 8, 1853
This celebrated violinist has left on a tour to Benecia and Sacramento. It is his intention to give concerts in Benecia, and three or four in Sacramento. We must again reiterate our high appreciation of this distinguished performer, as we think him second to none we ever had the pleasure of listening to. We congratulate our friends of the places above mentioned on the possession of so choice and refined an entertainment as will be offered by him. We shall anxiously look for his return amongst us.
On January 19, 1856, Mr. Hauser was reported by the Australian and New Zealand Gazette to be "enchanting the community by his admirable performances on the violin. "
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Artistic Life in Early San Francisco
Dr. William H. Gerdts, Birgitta Hjalmarson
With a handful of wealthy Gold Rush barons as indulgent patrons, an active community of artists appeared in nineteenth-century San Francisco almost overnight. A subculture of artistic brilliance and social experimentation was the result--in essence, a decades-long revelry that finally ended with the 1906 earthquake. Witness Jules Tavernier, hungry and in debt, accepting a stuffed peacock and two old dueling pistols in payment for a Yosemite landscape; Mark Twain as reluctant art critic.
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"Historical Atlas of California"uses nearly five hundred historical maps and many other illustrations--from rough sketches drawn in the field to commercial maps to beautifully rendered works of art. This lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of California's past from a unique visual perspective covering five hundred years of history from before European contact through the Gold Rush and up to the present. The maps are accompanied by a concise, engaging narrative and by extended captions that elucidate the stories and personalities behind their creation.
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