Berkeley Campus Scenes by Pedro J. Lemos
The Campus with Mt. Tamalpais in the Background is a woodblock print by PEDRO JOSEPH LEMOS (1882-1954). Prominent in this lovely print is the Campanile (formally, the Sather Tower), Berkeley’s iconic landmark. Completed in 1914, it may not even have opened to the public when the print was produced. At 307 feet (93.6 m) tall, it is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. The observation deck on the eighth floor houses a full concert carillon of 61 bells, rung daily during the fall and spring semesters—except during finals week. Some floors are used to store fossils from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
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.