This Market Street cast iron fountain was the gift of one of the West’s most colorful performers - Lotta Crabtree - to the people of San Francisco in 1875.
Lotta first came to fame at the age of six by singing and dancing for gold nuggets in mining camps after her arrival in California in 1853. She formed a mentorship with the notorious “Spanish dancer” Lola Montez who taught Lotta her scandalous“Spider Dance.” “Miss Lotta, the San Francisco Favorite” was one of the most popular performers in the U.S. until her retirement at the age of 45.
After the 1906 earthquake, the fountain became a meeting place for earthquake survivors; to this day, people gather on the site to commemorate the earthquake at 5:14 am on April 18th. The bowls at the base were designed to provide water to passing horses, not humans.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The All that Glitters Series draws from San Francisco’s rich history using historical photos of notable locations. All images for sale in this series are original ink drawings on archival paper, matted with black matte board, ready to frame. All matted works are 9'“ x 12” (22.86cm X 30.48cm).