For the collector of Californiana, a scarce early 20th century hand-tinted photograph of the arches at old Mission San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California, signed in the margin in pencil at lower right and titled at lower left margin "San Juan Capistrano" by noted, listed photographer JOHN M. GARRISON (1881-1964). The classic view of the arcaded breezeway at the beloved mission, still a tourist attraction today, is as California as can be. Garrison was born in Minnesota and was in California in 1900, in Riverside county, farming with his family. By 1910 he had established a photography studio in Los Angeles, which he operated into the 1940's. Garrison did receive training at the California College of Photography in Palo Alto, along with Sadie Freeman, who went on to become an assistant, hand tinting the photos. He photographed missions, coastal scenes, and the desert near Palm Springs. Garrison sold images to the Yosemite & Curry Co., and to the Cambridge Cupboard of Carmel. This photo was found in New Jersey. The thin strip frame is falling apart but can possibly be included at no extra cost; essentially, consider the work unframed. The photo is clean and in excellent condition; board is browned with time and there is a short crack in it at top right.
California vintage photograph of San Juan Capistrano mission by noted photographer J. M. Garrison (1881-1964)