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
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.
2371 items: oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, engravings, etchings, lettersheets, clipper cards, ephemera,
2271 digital objects
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.
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.