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San Francisco After the Earthquake, 1906


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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on an original gelatin silver print by Geo. R. Lawrence
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• Colorized giclée art print, made in England
• Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity
• Ships in a Tube


Taken May 28th, 1906. San Francisco, California, United States 
(Library of Congress)

"On the 18th April, 1906 at 5:12am, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 virtually destroyed San Francisco. There’s many things that make this building completely extraordinary; from the ruins of San Francisco itself down to remarkable clarity and detail in the panorama. You can even see individual crates being unloaded from the still functioning docks in the foreground, through to what we think are civil war era tents used to temporarily house people. Geo. R. Lawrence used a ‘captive airship’ to take this aerial panorama in an early example of drone photography, if you swapped out the drone for a specially rigged kite. Photographs went for $125, which in today’s money would be $3500. This is still the longest time it’s ever taken me to work on a photograph – literally, a month. The entire process by week 3 became very repetitive, but it was totally worth it because of the incredible amount of detail. There are nearly 200 references from contemporaneous photography, illustrations and even insurance maps to make sure that this photograph was as authentic as possible.

– Jordan J. Lloyd

Original Caption

"Photograph of San Francisco in ruins from Lawrence Captive Airship, 2000 feet above San Francisco Bay overlooking water front. Sunset over Golden [Gat]e."


This panoramic print come in two sizes so you can frame them yourself.


M – 9”× 20” inches (22.9 × 50.8 cm)
L – 20”× 44” inches (50.8 × 109.2 cm)


Please note that the Listed Sizes refer to the print stock which comes with a white border. The printed image sizes are:

M – 7" × 17 ¾" (17.8 × 45 cm)
L – 14 ¾" × 38" (37.5 × 96.6 cm)

Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed.


‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. More information about our prints can be found here.

This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only.