2 [African-American] Brown, G.T. Map of the Property of the Central Land Company Formerly Known as the Brown Tract, Situated in the City of Oakland, Cal., Between Telegraph and San Pablo Avenues… San Francisco: G. T. Brown, Lith., ca.
1870. Map measures 15 ¾ x 21 ¼inches, hinges on verso. Small tear repaired with Japanese tissue three
inches into bottom, ex-lib. marks on margin. Very good.
G. T. (Grafton Tyler) Brown was the first African-American lithographer and professional artist in California. Brown immigrated to California in the 1850s from Harrisburg, Penn.,
when he was 20 years old, and was trained in lithography at the famous firm of Kuchel & Dresel. He bought their firm in 1867 and renamed it G. T. Brown, Lithographers. He later
sold the business and moved to a studio in British Columbia, and settled later in Portland, Oregon, and Helena, Montana.