John Bond Francisco was born in Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 14, 1863.
From an early age Francisco was drawn to both music and art. He
studied the violin with Hermann Eckhardt and painting at the Cincinnati
Art Academy for several years.
He arrived in Los Angeles in 1887 and was so taken with the beauty of
the place, he opted to make it his home. He soon continued his
studies in Berlin, Munich, and in Paris at Académies Julian and
Colarossi under Courtois, Bouguereau, and Robert-Fleury. While in
Europe he studied the violin in the morning hours and painting in the
Upon returning to Los Angeles in 1892, he married and built a home at
1401 Albany Street where he lived for the
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Out West, Sept. 1913; Graphic, 3-10-1918; Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest
; American Art Annual
1919-33; Who's Who in California
1929; Los Angeles Times, 8-3-1930; Plein Air Painters
(Ruth Westphal); Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
(Fielding, Mantle); Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); So. Calif. Artists 1890-1940; Los Angeles Times, 1-9-1931 (obituary).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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