Few Frenchmen endeared themselves more to San Franciscans than Parisian artist Edouard Jump. The son of an English teacher in Paris, Jump was caught up in the excitement of the gold rush and left France for California in 1851. He was only 20 years old when he reached the southern mines and tried his hand at finding gold. For lack of success, he headed back to San Francisco a few months later, and found employment as a label maker, and soon after, as a lithographer with Benjamin Butler and Louis Nagel who taught him the rudiments of their art.
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