A 19th Century Joseph Lee oil, Yachting In San Francisco Bay


Joseph Lee ( American 1827-1880).  Joseph Lee is considered the foremost portraitist of the Pacific Coast during the 1860’s and 1870’s. Approximately 60 paintings of his are known to exist of which the majority are ship portraits. Lee’s works have a strong folk art appeal but are technically accurate in detail. Old salts along the San Francisco waterfront used to say “you could rig a ship from one of Lee’s pictures”. He has often been called the “James Bard of the West”.

Oil on Canvas. Signed lower left.

22 inch x 30 inch image