Born in Milton, MA on March 8, 1899, James Fitzgerald, after serving
with the Marines in WWI, attended the Massachusetts School of Art and
the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1928 he shipped to the West Coast as a seaman aboard a
freighter. After settling in Monterey, he had further study under
Armin Hansen and shared a studio with Bruce Ariss on Martin
Street. Having earlier sketched up and down the New England
coast, he found the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur equally captivating.
In 1943 he sold his studio in the Monterey hills and moved to the
former home of Rockwell Kent on Monhegan Island, ME. After that
time he made many trips to Jamaica, Nova Scotia, Canary Islands, and
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Yesterday's Artists on the Monterey Peninsula
; American Art Annual
1931-33; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Monterey: The Artist's View, 1925-1945; Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
(Bénézit, E); Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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