Edwin Deakin (American, b. England, 1838–1923)
Palace of Fine Arts and the Lagoon, c. 1915
Before the arrival of Edwin Deakin, Northern California landscapists tended toward the grand and dramatic. When Deakin, born in Sheffield, England, moved to San Francisco in 1870 he began producing romantic depictions of California’s early architecture and picturesque scenes of its wilderness. Equally stunning are his works inspired by European excursions in 1877 and 1888, as well as magnificent still lifes of fruits and flowers. At seventy-seven, Deakin found inspiration in the buildings of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Delighted by Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts, he painted the subject several times after the close of the exposition. He spent his later years in Berkeley, where today a street is named in his honor.
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