Berkeley Campus Scenes by Pedro J. Lemos
The Bay seen from the Campus with the Golden Gate in the Background is a woodblock print by PEDRO JOSEPH LEMOS (1882-1954). This entrancing image portrays the San Francisco Bay—allowing for a certain amount of “artistic license”—as seen from the campus of UC Berkeley. But note that it is a representation of the true Golden Gate—the strait which is the actual connecting seaway to the vast Pacific Ocean beyond—produced a couple of decades before the eponymous bridge was completed in 1937 to link the city of San Francisco with the Marin Headlands.
Lemos was among the most influential of the Bay Area's artists and educators of the “Arts and Crafts” era, who was not only an important artist and educator of the applied arts and design in numerous media, but also as an architectural designer, writer, publisher, painter, and printmaker.
This print and its companions in the “Berkeley” series were produced for the “Blue and Gold” Yearbook of the University of California’s Class of 1917. They have been digitally scanned on high-quality graphic paper and fused on a wooden block with recessed bracing for immediate wall-mounting. A clear coat of UV film has been applied to protect and enhance color stability.