Over a century and a half ago, during the waning moments of the frenzied search for gold that was in the process of tragically altering Californias landscape and the lives of her native peoples forever, an obscure artist named Henry B. Brown set out to capturein a series of beautifully rendered drawingsthe scenery and lifeways to be found in the Sierra foothills and Sacramento Valley. The result was a collection of drawings that depict both a world on the verge of profound change and the agents of that change. Here are pristine landscapes, Native Americans quietly going about their daily lives, turbulent mining camps, and empathetic portraits of some of the men and women that Brown encountered. While most depictions of Native Americans created at the time seem almost generic in their approach, in Browns drawings the viewer discovers real people and is struck by the realization that these are specific individuals that one would recognize if they were encountered in a contemporary setting. An Artists Portfolio contains 37 of Browns finest drawingsmany never previously published or correctly attributed to Brownthat attest to both his skill as an artist and his fundamental humanity. Thomas Blackburn has drawn upon the resources of several widely scattered archives to recreate Browns portfolio and place his images in context, and in the process has rescued an almost forgotten artist from unwarranted obscurity.