Original oil on canvas landscape painting depicting San Diego, Coronado, and the surrounding area from the perspective of Fort Rosecrans on Point Loma. The painting can be approximately dated from the inclusion of Hotel Del Coronado, which was built in 1888. The budding city of San Diego is nestled below the hills in the distance. La Playa is visible in the lower-left corner.
19th-century views of San Diego, printed or painted, are extremely rare; this is only the second 19th-century view of San Diego that we have handled in more than 25 years of business.
This view was painted around the time that San Diego was experiencing a resurgence. The city had originally been chartered in 1850, however, it went bankrupt two years later and the state of California put it under the control of a board of trustees. It was rechartered in 1889. Point Loma, from which the view was taken, was spared major development, as much of it was set aside for military use starting in 1852.