George Henry Burgess (1831-1905)

  • George Henry Burgess (1831-1905)
  • Campfire Scene with Settlers and Native Americans
  • Oil on paper mounted to board
  • 7 ¾ x 11 inches
  • Part of a pair; pendant is signed

The son of a prominent surgeon, George Henry Burgess was born in London in 1831 to a large family of artists. His grandfather had been a painter, and George and his three brothers (Edward, Charles and William) would all become artists. He completed his artistic studies at the Somerset School of Design in London, and soon after began his career at a lithography shop. Enticed by the promise of riches, George and his brothers journeyed to California during the Gold Rush in 1850 to seek their fortunes. However, they soon grew tired of the mining industry. His brother Edward moved to Hawaii to become a merchant, while George and his two other brothers, established a jewelry store in Sonora where they repaired watches and designed accessories. During a period of local unrest, they abandoned their business venture to travel extensively throughout the mining region, chronicling their experiences through sketches and watercolors.

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George Henry Burgess Campfire Scene with Settlers and Native Americans unframed