"Shipyards, San Francisco" 1950s
Watercolor painting of the shipyards in San Francisco. The view is from the restaurant "The Ramp", still in operation today.
Artist: Vivyan Angrave Seward
Medium: Watercolor and gouache on illustration board.
Size: Matted image is 13.5" x 18"; outer frame dimensions are 22.5" x 26.5" x 1".
Date: circa 1950s. Although no date is inscribed on the piece, the type of illustration board used-1/8" think W & R Ralson Ltd., faced with hard sized, cold pressed, Whatman drawing paper- is consistent with a 1950 to 1960 time frame.
Signature: Signed V A Seward, in red, lower left.
Vivyan Seward was born in Northwood, England in 1902 and emigrated to the United States as a child. He studied at the Art Institue of Chicago and subsequently moved to the Los Angeles area. Later, he moved to San Francisco, where he established a commercial art studio, first at 216 Market Street (in 1952) and later at 316 Bush St. A more extensive biography of Vivyan Seward can be found in Edan Hughes' "Artists in California, 1786-1940".