Paul Emmert: Artist-Traveler

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Paul Emmert: Artist/Traveler

 

Born near Bern, Switzerland, in 1826, Paul Emmert (18261867) immigrated to the United States at the age of 19, landing first in New York and then heading west with the discovery of gold in California. Ever the entrepreneur (and destined for a life of adventure), he ran the Bear Hotel in Sacramento and a theater in San Francisco, and he created a popular panorama of scenes from the gold fields.

 

In 1853, he became one of the many artist-travelers to come to Hawai‘i to satisfy the thriving market for images of the islands’ dramatic topography and singular culture. In Honolulu, he opened a print shop, where he made prints after his own drawings of local landmarks. Eventually, he moved to Kailua-Kona and farmed the sugar plantation where he lived out the remainder of his life. 

 

In his 14 years in Hawai‘i, Emmert made drawings of the mountains, coastlines, vegetation, and geophysical phenomena in and around O‘ahu, Maui, and the Island of Hawai‘i.  He recorded Diamond Head and Punchbowl craters, Nu‘uanu Valley, Waikïkï, Hilo, Lahaina, and numerous other locales, capturing their natural beauty before urbanization transformed them. In an exuberant, slightly naïve style, he embellished historical accuracy with aesthetic flourish, paying careful attention to detail and skillfully manipulating a variety of graphic media to create gemlike scenes of rare and captivating beauty that offer a glimpse into Hawai‘i’s past.

 

Labels 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Sandwich Islands from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, c.1860

Graphite on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.20)

  

Lahaina, Island of Maui, Sandwich from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, c. 1860

Graphite with white heightening on blue paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.14)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Diamond Head, from Aliapaakai, c. 1853–1859

Ink and ink wash over graphite on paper

Gift of Bruce Cartwright, 1938 (10927)

 

Diamond Head, Honolulu from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands

c. 1858 

Graphite, ink, and white heightening on paper

 Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.05)


Diamond Head, c. 1853  

Ink and ink wash over graphite on paper

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dominis Holt, 1985 (19446)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Diamond Head Near Honolulu, c. 1853 

Graphite and watercolor on prepared paper

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dominis Holt, 1985 (19441)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Haleola Honolulu, from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, c. 1858 

Graphite and chalk on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.04)


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867) 

Kealakekua Bay, Sandwich from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands

1860 

Graphite and chalk on paper 

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.16)

  

Hilo, great Hawai‘i, Sandwich from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands c. 1860 

Graphite and white heightening on paper 

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.06)


Hulihe‘e Palace, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859 

Watercolor on paper 

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20660) 


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Windward Oahu, c. 1853

Graphite on paper

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Dominis Holt, 1985 (19445)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Kealakekua Bay, Village where Cook was

Killed from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands

c. 1860

Graphite and chalk on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.17)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Ka Lina from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, c. 1860

Graphite on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.13)


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Pahoehoe, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859–67

Ink and ink wash on paper 

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20661)

 

La‘aloa, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859–67 

Ink and ink wash on paper 

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20664)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Kainaliu, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859–67 

Ink and ink wash on paper 

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20663) 

 

Napo‘opo‘o, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859–67 

Ink and ink wash on paper 

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20666)


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Kaumalumalu, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859–67

Ink and ink wash on paper

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20665)

  

Kaumamalu, Kona, Hawai‘i, c. 1859–67

Ink and ink wash on paper

Gift of Mary Alexander Smith, 1990 (20662)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

The Great Volcano of Hawai‘i from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands 1861

Graphite, chalk, and ink wash on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.08)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Place where Cook's body was Burned from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, c. 1860

Graphite on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.18)

  

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Trunk of coconut tree near which Cook was

Killed from the series Views and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands, c. 1860

Graphite on paper

Gift of Frances Damon and John Dominis Holt, 1985

(19438.19)

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Scene probably at Kahokukano, Kona, Hawai‘i

c. 1859–67

Ink and ink wash on paper

Gift of Bruce Cartwright, 1938 (10929)

  

Puako, Kohala, Hawai‘i, c. 1859

Watercolor on paper

Gift of Mary Charlotte Alexander, 1954 (20659)


Kealakekua Bay, c. 1859-67

Ink and ink wash on paper

Gift of Bruce Cartwright, 1938 (10928)

 


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Coconut Grove behind Montgomery, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Waititi [Waikīkī], c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

  

Waititi [Waikīkī], c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

  

Palama, Honolulu, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Wailua Falls in Kauai, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Waititi [Waikīkī], c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

In Waititi [In Waikīkī], c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

  

Diamond Head, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Kapena, Waterfall in Nu‘uanu Valley, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke


In Waiawa, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

View from Nu‘uanu Valley, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

In Nu‘uanu Valley, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

  

Waterfall in Kalihi Valley, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

   

Kliua, Ancient Sacrificial Place in Kahuku, c.1850–60

Graphite and gouache on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Kalihi Valley, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke


Paul Emmert (Swiss, 1826–1867)

Palama, Honolulu, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Kukui Tree, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

Honolulu from Nu‘uanu Valley, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke


Pali, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke


Honolulu from Moanalua, c.1850–60

Graphite, gouache, ink, and gold paint on paper

Collection of Sam and Mary Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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