Born Earnest Etienne Narjot de Francheville, Ernest Etienne Narjot was a California artist who specialized in landscapes, seascapes and portraits.
His work was highly regarded in the artist's own lifetime and he had the added advantage of being brought up in the arts, his parents were both painters themselves. He was born in France but immigrated to California in 1849, enticed by the Gold Rush.
Gold mining didn't turn out to be profitable for Ernest Etienne Narjot but the time he spent travelling while working the mines resulted in an impressive collection of landscapes and mining scenes. He returned to San Francisco where he established a studio in 1865.
By the end of the 19th Century, Narjot was considered as among the best of the California painters. His French training permeates his work and his style is characterized by an incredible level of detail.
Tragically, the artist was blinded while painting the ceiling of a tomb at Stanford University. He only lived for a few months after he incident but never regained his eyesight.
His works are particularly prized among collectors because of their rarity and quality. Many of Narjot's works were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.