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John William Combs

 (1836 - 1909)
John William Combs was active/lived in California.  John Combs is known for sculpture.

Biography   John William Combs


Born in Ogdensburg, NY on Oct. 18, 1836. A self-taught sculptor, Combs learned the anatomy of animals as a teenager while working as a butcher. He arrived in California in 1870 and settled in San Jose. He soon established a marble and granite business which he ran until 1900. His portrait busts were highly praised by the local press. He died in Walla Walla, WA on April 2, 1909. Exh: Calif. State Fair, 1872-83. In: Monterey Wharf (Junipero Serra).

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Interview with the artist or his/her family.

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