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View, California, San Diego, Waterfront, Eric Poulson, Vintage Drawings, c. 1958-73

$200

Eric Poulson
[Naval Ship and Cruise Ship]
Port of San Diego, California

American: c. 1958-1973
Charcoal and conté crayon on paper and illustration board
Signed lower right “Eric Poulson”; some titled
15 x 11 inches average overall, approximate
$200 each

Various drawings are from a large collection of drawings in our inventory by Eric Poulson depicting landscape and city scenes in San Diego, California, and the surrounding area. The particular ones shown here are of the waterfront port area. One shows a naval vessel, numbered 948, in the foreground with a cruise ship beyond; another shows a cruise ship docked alongside a commercial avenue.

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As a group, these drawings show a cross-section of San Diego as it appeared about half a century ago, from the historic and picturesque, to the commercial and modern.  They were perhaps part of a large commission from a business or civic organization, possibly the Chamber of Commerce, whose Old San Diego building is depicted in one of the drawings, or possibly drawn for a publication such as the San Diego Evening Tribune, where he was a staff artist. As drawings, they have an informal sketchbook quality, at the same time accurately capturing a sense of place and the details of landscape and architecture. Indeed, extant examples of more finished watercolors of these subjects are known, in the collection of the artist.

Eric Poulson began his career as an artist in his native Montreal, Quebec, in Canada. He moved to San Diego in 1958, where for 15 years he was the staff artist for the San Diego Evening Tribune. In that capacity, he contributed dozens of drawings, including portraits of politicians, visiting heads of state, and sports celebrities. He kept a scrapbook of letters of appreciation from his subjects, including a letter from former President Richard Nixon thanking him for a sketch of First Lady Patricia Nixon.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning, wear, soiling associated with illustration art.  Pencil margin lines in many of the works, as issued.

References:

Albert, Janice.  “Helen Hunt Jackson.” California Authors.  20 April 2004.  http://www.cateweb.org/CA_Authors/Jackson.html (27 October 2004).

Anderson, Dorothy. “Letters to the Editor: Cove closing a sign of the times.”  16 January 2003.  La Jolla Light.  http://www.lajollalight.com/2003/01/16/o030116letters_to_editor.html

“Cabrillo.” National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/cabr/ (25 October 2004).

Heath, Lynda. “Re: Drawings by Eric Poulson.” E-mail. 11 July 2006.

“Old Town State Historic Park.” San Diego Historical Society.  http://www.sandiegohistory.org/links/oldtown.htm (25 October 2004).

Shupe, Gordon.  “A Brief History of the First Presbyterian Church, San Diego, California.” First Presbyterian Church.  http://www.fpcsd.org/about/history.html (27 October 2004).

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20th Century