Born in Bristol, England in 1817, George Goddard studied architecture at Oxford University and exhibited floral studies in London between 1837-44. Caught up with gold fever, he joined the rush to California in 1850. Unsuccessful at mining, he established himself in Sacramento as a government-appointed surveyor and civil engineer. (The second highest peak in the Sierra Nevada is named for him.)
He made dozens of maps and sketches of northern California towns and mining camps, which were published by lithographers Britton & Rey and others. He moved to San Francisco in 1866 and established a studio in the Mercantile Bldg.
As a landscape painter, Goddard worked on the Monterey Peninsula, at Donner Lake, Carson Valley,
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
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(Van Nostrand & Coulter); Sacramento Bee, 8-15-1942; The Life of George Henry Goddard (Bancroft Library, 1969); SF Chronicle, 12-29-1906 (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
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