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 Raymond Dabb Yelland  (1848 - 1900)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: painter-landscape, sunsets, coastal views

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Raymond Dabb Yelland was born in London, England on February 2, 1848. At the age of three, he immigrated with his family to New York City where he was raised and attended public schools. By the age of twelve, he had settled on art as a career.

He was born as Raymond Dabb, but due to the negative connotation of his name, his mother's maiden name, Yelland, was added. After serving under Sheridan in the Federal Army during the Civil War, Yelland attended Pennington Seminary in New Jersey. He studied art at the National Academy of Design from 1869 to 1871 with Page and Brevoort, and then taught at the Academy for one year.

With his new bride, he sailed around the Horn in 1874 to San Francisco where he would assume the position of an art instructor at Mills College in Oakland. In 1877, he traveled to England, and later continued his studies in Paris with Luc Oliver Merson. Upon his return to California, Yelland became assistant director of the San Francisco School of Design, and in 1888, assumed its directorship. While at that school, he also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for many years. His many pupils included Homer Davenport, Alexander Harrison, Maynard Dixon, and other noted artists.

At his summer home on the Monterey Peninsula, he painted many coastals; whereas, the marshes near his home in Oakland also provided ample subject matter. A master at depicting sunsets and other atmospheric glow, his painting technique was a fusion of American Luminism and the Hudson River School. Yelland maintained a studio in Carmel, California as well as in San Francisco at 430 Pine Street, until his death of pneumonia at his home at 1464 7th Avenue, Oakland, on July 27, 1900.

His exhibitions include the San Francisco Art Association, 1874-1900; Paris Salon, 1877; Mechanics' Institute (SF), 1875-1897; California State Fair, 1879-1901; National Academy of Design, 1880s; World's Columbian Expo in Chicago, 1893; California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; Oakland Industrial Exposition, 1896; Mark Hopkins Institute (SF), 1897; Alaska-Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909.

His works can be seen at the Santa Cruz City Museum, the Monterey Peninsula Museum, the Oakland Museum, the First Congregational Church in Oakland, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, and the California Historical Society.

(Information on the biography above is based on writings from the book, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, II", by Edan Milton Hughes.)

Biography from Braarud Fine Art:
Born in London, England, Raymond Yelland was three when his family moved to New Jersey, and he grew up in New York City. He was trained in art at the National Academy of Design, where he was the student of William Page, Lemuel Everett Wilmarth, and James R. Brevoort. He later studied in Paris with Luc Olivier Merson.

After painting for a time in Gloucester Harbor, Yelland sailed to San Francisco in 1874 to take a teaching position in art at Mills College in Oakland. From 1877 to 1894, he taught at the California School of Design. He was appointed Director of the school in 1888. A beloved teacher, he was a decisive influence on a younger generation of California artists. Among the many who worked with him directly were Gottardo Piazzoni, Grace Carpenter Hudson, and James Everett Stuart.

A master marine painter, Yelland's luminist work has been compared to that of Alfred Thompson Bricher. He is best known for his San Francisco area coastal scenes at sunset, but he produced Monterey views while visiting Jules Tavernier there in 1878, and he painted in Oregon in the summers of 1880 and 1881.

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