Northern California Nature Garden, c. 1925.

Museum Collections

Union Hall Theater Curtain

Union Hall Theater Curtain, commissioned by the Union Hotel in Sonoma in 1907. On display at the Depot Park Museum in Sonoma, California.

Sonoma Mission Roof Tile

Sonoma Mission Roof Tile, painted on a roof tile salvaged from the mission after the 1906 earthquake. Commissioned by Louisa Vallejo (Mrs. L.V. Emparan), General Mariano Vallejo’s daughter. It is on display in the Swiss Chalet on the grounds of the Sonoma State Historic Park in Sonoma, adjacent to the Sonoma Mission.

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Tilden Daken, a decorator and fresco painter in his youth, is best known for his oils on canvas—landscapes painted en plein air, some more than a century ago, before development changed these lands forever, preserving memories of early California landscapes for generations to come. He painted over 4,000 landscapes, most directly from nature—to capture the light of the day from dawn until dusk. Known primarily as a California artist, he also painted in other parts of the United States and in Mexico, Baja California, Hawaii, and Alaska. He briefly painted in parts of Europe and Japan and possibly the South Sea Islands.