William Hubert Burgess was born in England in 1825. Burgess worked in NYC as a lithographer for a few years. Accompanied by his younger brother George, he sailed around the Horn to California in 1850 to seek his fortune in the gold fields. He later taught art for 24 years in public schools of the San Francisco Bay area. He died at the home of his son in Placer County, CA in 1893. As well as an artist, he was also a jeweler and inventor of pencil sharpeners.
Exh: Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1858-75; Calif. State Fair, 1859.
Works Held: California Historical Society.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); California Historical Society Quarterly, Fall 1977. 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