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 William Henry Meyers  (1815 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: sketch artist Mexican War

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Born in Philadelphia, PA on Feb. 15, 1815. In 1838 Meyers went to sea aboard a trading vessel to the West Indies. Shortly thereafter, he joined the U. S. Navy and was a gunner on the Cyane in 1842 when Commodore Jones prematurely seized Monterey. During the War with Mexico he was again in California as a gunner on the Dale. Due to ill health Meyers resigned from the Navy in 1847 and worked at the naval laboratory in Washington, DC. His depictions of the American conquest of California and gold mining activies are of great historical importance. In: New York Public Library (his diary); Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley); Roosevelt Library (Hyde Park, NY).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Artists and Illustrators of the Old West (Robert Taft); NY Herald, 9-12-1849 & 3-5-1850; California Pictorial (Van Nostrand & Coulter); First 100 Years of Painting in California (J. Van Nostrand); American Heritage, Oct. 1960; New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Monterey Adobe Capital of California; New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Artists of the American West (Samuels); Yesterday's Artists on the Monterey Peninsula.
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An amateur artist, William Henry Meyers was on the Cyane, a U.S. ship of Commodore Thomas Catesby Jones who, in 1840, mistakenly thought war had been declared and sailed into Monterey, California, and seized the town. Later he apologized, but Meyers documented the so-called conquest in a watercolor titled The Taking of Monterey, October 20, 1842. The work is in the Bancroft Library.

Source: California Art, 450 Years of Painting by Nancy Moure

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