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Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material
BANC PIC 1963.002:0001-1886  
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Description
The Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material is comprised of over 2300 items, with formats and media ranging from original oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, engravings, etchings, lettersheets, clipper cards, and ephemera, to plates and spoons featuring western themes, and a fore-edge painting. The collection focuses on pictorial interpretations of the old West, with emphasis on the early California and Gold Rush periods. Views depict the changing landscape of the West under the impact of westward migration, the development of towns and cities, early settlements, California missions, railroads, gold mining scenes, pioneer and frontier life, native populations, social history, and many other topics.
Background
Robert Brodhead Honeyman graduated in 1920 from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, with an engineering degree. Mr. Honeyman was an avid collector throughout his lifetime. He collected in a variety of areas including art, science, American and English literature, stamps, British orders, decorations, medals, and others. His collection of books and manuscripts in the history of science was quite significant, and was later auctioned at Sotheby's. Mr. Honeyman maintained two homes, one in Rye, New York, and the other in Southern California, near Mission San Juan Capistrano, where he built his private museum at Rancho Los Cerritos. He died in 1987 at 90 years of age.
Extent
2371 items: oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, engravings, etchings, lettersheets, clipper cards, ephemera, objects, etc. 2271 digital objects
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish pictorial materials must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Restricted originals. Use digital facsimiles or selected viewing prints only. Use of originals only by permission of the Curator of Pictorial Collections, The Bancroft Library.