Grafton Tyler Brown
(1841 - 1918)
Grafton Tyler Brown was active/lived in California, British Columbia, Minnesota / Canada. Grafton Brown is known for topographic townscape, illustration, lithography.
Biography Grafton Tyler Brown
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Grafton Tyler Brown was an
illustrator, landscape and frontier subject painter, and lithographer,
who became California's first black sketch artist. He worked first for
the lithography firm of Kuchel and Dresel Company, whose specialty was
views of California mining towns and mining genre.
were freed slaves who moved from Maryland in 1837 and arrived in San
Francisco from Pennsylvania in the early 1860s. He traveled extensively
in that state as well as surrounding areas, painting and drawing the
landscape including birds-eye town views, a painting in 1886 of the
Grand Canyon, and the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in 1891.
In 1861, he joined a lit
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