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Louise Grossett Cunningham
China Camp Village and Fishing Boats San Pablo Bay by Louise Cunningham Rare Gem

c.1940s

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Brilliantly colored landscape of a cove on San Pablo bay with a small boat dock, "China Camp", by Santa Cruz, California artist Louise H. Grosset Cunningham (American, 1881-1983). Signed "Louise Cunningham" lower right. Displayed in a carved giltwood frame. Image, 7.5"H x 9.75"L. There were once more than two dozen of these shrimping camps located around San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, although China Camp State Park preserves the only one that still remains. The location of China Camp along the San Pedro peninsula and the shores of San Pablo Bay was ideally suited for shrimping. It provided ideal conditions for a shrimping camp, such as close proximity to the fishing beds, adequate space for processing facilities on land, and a nearby grassy hillside for drying shrimp. Another factor was the deep water of the Bay, which allowed fishing vessels to easily approach the shore without the need for an excessively long pier. China Camp Village reached the height of its prosperity in the 1880s, with almost 500 residents. There were several small streets lined with wooden buildings, including general stores, a marine supply store, a barber shop, shrimp drying and grinding sheds, and numerous residences. The people of China Camp Village made their living fishing for shrimp from the tidal mud flats along San Pablo Bay. Some of the shrimp was sold to local restaurants, but the vast majority was dried and prepared for export to China. More than three million pounds of shrimp were harvested from the Bay each year throughout the late 1800s and into the early 20th century. Louise Cunningham was born in Berkeley, California on May 4, 1881 of French parents. Louise Grossett, a child prodigy, began her art studies at age eleven at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco. She then spent most of her life as a resident of Felton, CA she painted and taught there. As an exhibitor in juried shows in northern California, she won many awards throughout her long career. Her uncle, Jules Jacques, was a distinguished Paris artist and a member of the French Royal Academy. Exhibited: Mark Hopkins Institute, 1898.

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