Born in Salem, MA on June 15, 1818. West was a marine and ship painter who was active in San Francisco in the 1850s. Due to extreme poverty, he committed suicide in Fremont, CA on April 6, 1854. In: Essex Inst.; Peabody Museum (whaling scene).
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); Index of Artists
(Daniel Mallett); California State Library (Sacramento); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
(Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); Alta California, 4-27-1854, p. 2 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here