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 Sydney Janis Yard  (1855 - 1909)

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Lived/Active: California/New York/Illinois      Known for: tonalist landscape painting, watercolorist

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BIOGRAPHY for Sydney Yard
1855 (Rockford, Illinois)
1909 (Monterey Peninsula, California)

California/New York/Illinois

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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Watercolorist. Born in Rockford, IL on Nov. 5, 1855.

Yard began his art study in NYC and continued under Sutton Palmer in the British Isles where he became a master of English watercolor techniques.  He won some recognition in New York before moving to California in 1882.

For the first three years he was a partner of Andrew Putman Hill in a photography business with studios in San Jose and Palo Alto.  In 1904 he settled on the Monterey Peninsula where he published a newspaper which was a substantial part of his income.

A skilled watercolorist, he did works that are primarily landscapes and coastal scenes of the Monterey Peninsula.

Yard died there on Jan. 1, 1909.

Exhbition: SFAA, 1896-1908; Starr King Fraternity (Oakland), 1905; Berkeley AA, 1908; Oakland Home Club, 1908; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1909-12. In: CHS; Harrison Library (Carmel); Santa Cruz City Museum; Monterey Peninsula Museum. YAMP; H&I.
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Biography from George Stern Fine Arts:

Sydney Janis Yard was born 1855, in Rockford Illinois where he began his art studies under George J. Robertson. He later studied in London where he mastered English watercolor techniques under the instruction of Royal Academician Sutton Palmer.

In the 1880's Yard moved to California where he ran several photography studios in San Jose and Palo Alto with artist friend Andrew Putnam Hill. During this time he exhibited several paintings at the San Francisco Art Association.

In 1904 Yard left San Jose and began splitting his time between studios in San Francisco and Carmel-By-The-Sea settling permanently in Carmel in 1906. While living in Carmel he exhibited frequently at The Del Monte Gallery, as well as at several galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area until his death in 1909. Although Yard painted in oils, he is best known for his watercolor landscapes of inland trees, gardens, and coastal scenes.

Scott A. Shields, Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907

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