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Vtg Historical Print of San Francisco, Known Artist Rowena Meeks Abdy - $35 (Seal Beach)

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1103 pacific coast hway near Balboa

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make / manufacturer: Rowena Meeks Abdy Artist

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This original, vintage, historical print of San Francisco was made pre-1937 from a prize-winning watercolor sketch done in 1925 by Rowena Meeks Abdy. This lithograph was reproduced on the press of Crocker-Union Lithographers in San Francisco and was purchased at The Emporium, a San Francisco institution, which went out of business in 1995.

The view of Chinatown and the Sing Chong Imports Co. building, the brick tower of St. Mary's Church in the foreground, and spires of the then-modern skyscrapers in the background can still be seen today in this view. In the distance is Yerba Buena Island, which was near the graceful suspension bridge that was then taking shape to become the Golden Gate Bridge.

Rowena Meeks Abdy (April 24, 1887 – August 18, 1945) was an American modernist painter. Abdy was considered a historian on early California, which she often displayed in her artwork. She primarily painted landscapes, with a focus on the landscapes of Northern California, including coastal towns, Spanish missions, and the scenery of San Francisco. Abdy would travel from her home in Russian Hill to paint mining towns and the Sierra Nevada. Her main studio was located in her Russian Hill home, which was located on what would eventually become the crooked part of Lombard Street. She bought the property in 1921 and had a large "KEEP OUT" sign in her garden, which was frequented by uninvited curious tourists. From her studio, Abdy could see Marin County, Contra Costa County, and the San Francisco Bay. Abdy believed that abstract art should be used beyond paintings, and be part of the home through decorative arts. She painted "what she feels about what she sees."

Dimensions are 19 inches tall by 22 inches wide by .5 inches deep. The frame is original.

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