General Chart Embracing Surveys of the Farallones Entrance to the Bay of San Francisco
Ringgold’s famous Gold Rush-era sea chart of the entrance to San Francisco Bay with an illustration of the Golden Gate trompe l’oeil.
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Sea chart of the Pacific coast and the Golden Gate. Of particular note is a profile view with a sailing ship near the entrance to San Francisco Bay.
For all its fame as a maritime city, Europeans first came to the area by land, not by sea. This is due in large part to treacherous waters and fog close to land, which induced early sea captains to keep their vessels far from the coast. But just as important is what this view demonstrates: the hills of the East Bay, along with Angel, Alcatraz, and Yerba Buena islands cause an optical illusion, filling-in the view of the Golden Gate from behind, thus giving the impression that the coast continues uninterrupted rather than opening to a large bay.
Expertly laid on archival paper; left margin completed.
Woodbridge, p. 42-4; Cowan p.533; Howes R303; Kurutz 536e; Streeter 2679 (1st ed).