Louis Henry Roethe (1860 - 1928) was an artist of Californian landscapes, scenes, and cities. Born in Shasta to parents who migrated during the Gold Rush, Roethe showed artistic skill at a young age and by 14 had entered the new San Francisco School of Design (now the San Francisco Art Institute). He studied under Virgil Macey Williams and Raymond Dabb Yelland (known for their California landscapes), as well as Oscar Kunath, known for portraiture. From 1880 - 1885, Roethe then spent five years in Bavaria, Germany honing his craft before returning to San Francisco and establishing a studio.