John Prendergast (artist)

John Prendergast was a painter who was born in England in 1815. He sailed from Manila to Honolulu aboard the Spanish brig Flecha, arriving January 14, 1848. On July 15, 1848, he departed Honolulu for San Francisco aboard the Chilean brig Correo de Talcahuano. For four years, he produced numerous drawings and watercolor paintings in California, and next disappeared from the public record. Several lithographs were made from his paintings, the best known creature his 1850 Procession at San Francisco in Celebration of the Admission of California.

The Honolulu Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of California are in the midst of the public collections holding works by John Prendergast.

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