John Wallace Brown was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1850. Brown immigrated to the U.S. with his family at age two and settled in Hanover, MA. In 1880 he moved to San Francisco where he was a marine engineer and ship designer. Upon retiring in 1910, he traveled to Holland, Italy, and England to study art for three years. Returning to California, he lived in San Francisco and Alameda until 1920 and then moved to Santa Barbara where he remained until his death on Nov. 7, 1941. Exh: Bohemian Club, 1912, 1922; Santa Barbara City Hall, early 1930s.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; California State Library (Sacramento); Artists of the American West
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