William Shew, ‘Chilean Sailor, Jumped Ship in San Francisco Bay’, circa 1852, Sotheby's

Important Daguerreotypes from the Stanley B. Burns, MD, Collection

Wm SHEW, 423 MONTG.Y. ST., SAN FRANCISCO.' stamped on the mat, cased.


From the Catalogue:
After gold was discovered in California in January 1848, news quickly spread around the world and treasure seekers came to the American West by the thousands. Sailors jumped ship from boats docked in San Francisco for the promise of fortune in the goldfields and streams. Mexican, Peruvian, German, French, Australian, Chilean, and Chinese men, to name but a few far nations, were all drawn to California.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Oakland Museum of California, Silver & Gold: Cased Images of the California Gold Rush, January - July 1998, and traveling thereafter to:
Washington, D. C., National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, October 1998 - March 1999
Sacramento, Crocker Art Gallery, August - October 1999

Stanley B. Burns, Mirror Mirror: The Burns Collection Daguerreotypes (New York: The Burns Archive Press, 2012), pl. 13
Drew Heath Johnson and Marcia Eymann, eds., Silver & Gold: Cased Images of the California Gold Rush (University of Iowa Press for the Oakland Museum of California, 1998), pl. 5

Acquired from a private collector, California, 1980