View of the interior of a stately house, probably the 1898 house of General Harrison Grey Otis, which became the Otis Art Institute in 1918 (located at 2410 Wilshire Blvd.). There is carved chest supporting a floral bouquet in front of a fireplace with a carved stone mantle. In the room beyond there appears to be art work on exhibition.
Benji Okubo, born in Riverside, was a renowned painter of Japanese ancestry. A graduate of Otis Art Institute (1929), he was active in Los Angeles from the 20's through the 40's. Incarcerated in 1942 in Heart Mountain for the duration of the war, Okubo continued to paint and to teach art classes to fellow inmates. After the war, Okubo returned to Los Angeles with his wife, Chisato, and supported his family as a successful landscape architect. While Okubo continued to paint, his professional career in art did not resume its pre-war level of activity and recognition.
The California Botanic Garden in Mandeville Canyon was founded by the businessman and naturalist H. C. Oakley. It opened in 1928. Due to the nature of its financing and the onset of the Great Depression, the garden closed in 1935.
This photograph is related to the article "Young Artist Given Award: Miss Dorothy Jeakins Gets Honor at Otis Institute. Fall-Term Scholarship Won by Excellence of Work." Los Angeles Times, 24 Jun. 1934: 18
Photograph of a stylized landscape painting by an Otis Art Institute student, with a view towards a lawn and house from a front gate. The painting is on a wall above a table covered with fabric and holding a footed metal bowl flanked by decorative metal candle holders and small paintings in decorative metal frames.