Born in England in 1820, Gibson studied at the Royal Academy in London.
He arrived in the U.S. in 1848 and came to California with the Gold
Rush of 1849 via Panama. He sketched in pencil and watercolor the
mining activities and several scenes of Auburn and San Francisco until
1851. He then set up a lithography company in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he
produced several prints of his western trip. He later settled in
Richmond, Virginia and remained there until his demise on Feb. 10, 1896.
Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley); CHS.