Frederick Butman USA

1820 Bangor, USA – 1-16-1871 Gardiner, USA

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Butman, Frederick

Frederick Butman was born in Bangor, Maine in 1820, Frederick Butman operated an apothecary shop in Gardiner, ME until 1857 when he moved to San Francisco. He also helped found the local gas and water company. Without the benefit of instruction, he began to paint figure studies. He arrived in San Francisco in 1857, He was listed in the San Francisco city directory from 1859 to 1871. He and exhibited the earliest known painting of Yosemite Valley at the Mechanics' Institute Fair.

One of the first California artists to devote himself exclusively to landscapes, as well as Yosemite, Frederick Butman also worked in Oregon's Columbia River, exploring a thousand miles up the  river area and Washington in the 1860s. Called a “showy” painter, he is said to have sold landscape paintings in California for as much as $8,000 in gold. He exhibited in San Francisco a variety of mountain scenes including views of Mt Shasta, Mt Hood, and Lake Tahoe.

Returning to the East in 1867, Frederick Butman exhibited at the National Academy of Design. He showed On Bear River at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1868. He is known to have sketched in Europe in the summer of 1869.

Art Movement: Hudson River School
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