John W. Winkler

John W. Winkler [American, Born Vienna,1890-1979] One of the finest American etchers of the early twentieth century, J. W. Winkler was born in Austria but settled in California early in his life. Winkler studied under Frank van Sloun at the California Institute of Arts and published his first original etching in 1915. During the following eight years he established a large national reputation for his etchings, the great majority being depictions of San Francisco and its environs. By 1923 he had created 88 etchings which were often compared to the work of Whistler, particularly the Whistler etchings found in the 'French Set' and 'Thames Set'. Like Whistler, John W. Winkler had the ability to capture life and movement with the utmost simplicity. he lived and worked in Paris from 1923-1930, returning to become a full member of the Chicago Society of Etchers, the Brooklyn Society of Etchers and American Society of Illustrators. Elected to the National Academy of Design in 1936, examples of his work are included in the Library of Congress, Paris, Luxembourg, Chicago and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. We have more than fifty of his etchings in our collection.


Large Awning on Jackson St

East Oakland

Cottages on Telegraph Hill

Clay Street Hill

Clayton Street

Ferry Building and Post Office

The Derelicts

Siesta on Telegraph Hill

Two Ecclesiastics


Building City Hall

Turk Street