Born in Mt Pleasant, IA on July 28, 1867. Tharp moved to California at age seven and settled in Petaluma where he was a playmate of Luther Burbank. He studied art at the San Francisco School of Design and continued in Paris at Ecole des Beaux Arts. After 1889 he worked in San Francisco as an architect in the Crocker Bldg and became the City's architect after the earthquake of 1906. He designed the Dewey monument in Union Square and in his leisure painted landscapes and portraits. He lived at 1600 Lyon Street until his death on May 12, 1909. Tharp died of pneumonia while visiting in NYC. Member: Bohemian Club; San Francisco Art Association. Exh: Calif. State Fair, 1883-85; School of Design, 1886 (silver medal); Mechanics' Inst. (S
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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