John McLaren (WPA) by Peter Van Valkenburgh

John McLaren (WPA) by Peter Van Valkenburgh

John McLaren (WPA)

Peter Van Valkenburgh

Title

John McLaren (WPA)

 
Artist
Year
1938  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
11 3/8 x 8 1/2" image 
Signature
signed only on the matrix 
Edition Size
about 28 impressions 
Annotations
dated under the signature on the matrix; bears the blindstamp of the California Federal Art Project in the lower right corner of the paper; date stamped verso: JUL 29 1938 
Reference
WPA Graphics Achenbach Collection 65.37.970 
Paper
ivory wove Warren's Oldstyle 
State
published 
Publisher
California Federal Art Project WPA 
Inventory ID
AFAE199 
Price
$300.00 
Description
John McLaren, the father of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, was a horticulturist who was born at Bannockburn, Scotland in 1846. He studied horticulture at the Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens and immigrated to the United States in 1870. He moved west to California where he worked on the estates of George Howard and Leland Stanford. He spent most of his life developing Golden Gate Park into one of the largest public parks in the world and is credited with planting two million trees. McLaren was given an honorary doctorate by the University of California, Berkeley.