ONE OF A NUMBER BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP**This is a small etching (the sheet 5 1/2" by 71/2", respectably matted but not framed), by the noted California artist HARRIET GENE ROUDEBUSH (1908-1998), titled at lower left margin "Sausalito" and pencil signed at lower right by the artist. The artist has poetically shown the view from the far southern end of Sausalito, which encompasses the Oakland Bay Bridge in the distance, Telegraph Hill with Coit Tower in center, and the rest of San Francisco in the right distance. The little cove shown is essentially the first populated place reached after one crosses the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. The distinctive turreted house in foreground, still standing, is said to have been lived in by author Jack London (or, was his place of birth---I think I have read both versions), and the cove is part of so-called "Hurricane Gulch", infamous for the screaming wind and fog that pours through the nearby 'Gate in the summer months. Roudebush was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Sacramento as a youth. Art education in the Bay Area followed, in the late 1920's, and by 1932 she was producing etchings, generally of familiar Bay Area scenes. She worked until at least the 1970's, when she moved to Pacific Grove near Carmel. These small etchings proved popular with visitors to San Francisco, who kept them as souvenirs, as they are now often found in places distant from California. The print is very clean and fresh. It is taped to the backing at top edges, with small strips of masking tape.
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