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Joseph Britton

 (1825 - 1901)
Joseph Britton was active/lived in California.  Joseph Britton is known for sketch artist, lithographer.

Biography   Joseph Britton

Born in Yorkshire, England in 1825. Britton immigrated to the U.S. in 1835 and by 1847 was working in NYC as a lithographer. After joining the Gold Rush to San Francisco in 1849, he was a partner in the lithography firm of Pollard & Britton. He later went into business with his brother-in-law, Jacques J. Rey. The firm produced letterheads, labels for whiskey bottles and cigars, pictorial letter sheets, posters, and stock certificates. He was also a city supervisor and provided financing for Hallidie's first cable car line. Britton died on July 18, 1901 in San Francisco where a street is named for him.

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); California on Stone (Peters); A Companion to California; Census; SF Evening Post, 7-19-1901 (obituary).

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