• Allan Rothero was a cartographer and an artist from Great Britten. He first came to the East coast of the United States in the early twentieth century. Allan later traveled to Pacific Beach CA, and built a home on Hornblend Street. There he cultivated a gorgeous garden, it was made up of mostly indigenous plants and flowers. In it was a huge Bird of Paradise given to him by the sculptor Donal Hord stationed near the entry. Allan also studied under and was friends with artist Alfred Mitchell. The room in the middle of the house, facing south, was where Allan created his studio paintings. He was also happy to paint outdoors “en plein air.” A modest man who didn’t exhibit much, Allan painted the Southern California landscape from the late 1940s until the late 1980s. He made a living as a gardener and took care of homes in Pacific Beach and on Mt. Soledad.
Allan had a few exhibits of his paintings during his lifetime. His work was on exhibit at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and he had a solo show at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla CA.