Lawrence Norris Scammon was adesigner, printmaker and teacher based in Oakland. Scammon studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco. He taught briefly at the University of California after his graduation and he lived most of his life in the Oakland hills. Scammon was a member of and exhibited with the San Francisco Art Association, and he showed with the California Society of Etchers as early at 1918 and the following year he served on the society's exhibition committee. Scammon worked as a designer for the Roberts Manufacturing Company in San Francisco and conducted private art lessons in his studio. In 1926, Grabhorn Press published a portfolio of etchings by Scammon entitled Spanish Missions California. This portfolio included ten etchings depicting the first ten missions constructed in California. Scammon work in printmaking included drypoint, etching and lithography.