First off, thanks to Gregory for contacting me and alerting me to the ID of this famous California house. This house was built in Benecia, California by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo for one of his daughters. The town of Benicia was named after Vallejo's wife. Vallejo built two identical homes with the other one being in Sonoma, California. This half plate daguerreotype is the home in Benicia. Instead of typing out of novel in terms of who General Vallejo was, I have included his wikipedia page. I have also included scans of what the house used to look like and how it stands today. It is known as the Frisbee/Captain Walsh House. This half plate was originally sealed when I purchased it and only the coverglass has been replaced. There has been no cleaning, etc to the photograph. There is one moldy green spot in the sky. There is some bluing on the fence and in the grass at the bottom right of the image. There are no bends, scratches, swipes, etc. It is in amazing condition. A very important Gold Rush Era photograph of a house very close to San Francisco. A large half plate image and the man standing closest to the camera may be General Vallejo although I cannot guarantee that. I believe the image was taken at the completion of building and then presented to his daughter. Important Californio image.
Please see wikipedia for more info on Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo Price 15,000.00 - SOLD