Sydney Janis Yard was born 1855, in Rockford Illinois where he
began his art studies under George J. Robertson. He later studied in
London where he mastered English watercolor techniques under the
instruction of Royal Academician Sutton Palmer.
In the 1880's Yard moved to California where he ran several
photography studios in San Jose and Palo Alto with artist friend Andrew
Putnam Hill. During this time he exhibited several paintings at the San
Francisco Art Association.
In 1904 Yard left San Jose and began splitting his time between
studios in San Francisco and Carmel-By-The-Sea settling permanently in
Carmel in 1906. While living in Carmel he exhibited frequently at The
Del Monte Gallery, as well as at sev
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