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Thomas Ayres

 (1816 - 1858)
Thomas Almond Ayres was active/lived in California, New Jersey.  Thomas Ayres is known for western landscape sketching, panorama, illustrator.

Biography   Thomas Ayres


Born in Woodbridge, New Jersey in 1816, Thomas Ayres worked as a draftsman in St. Paul with an engineering firm before arriving in California in the Gold Rush of 1849. After a short time at the mines, he soon abandoned his pursuit of gold and began traveling throughout the interior of California making sketches and drawings in charcoal and graphite.

In 1855 he was hired by James Mason Hutchings, a San Francisco journalist, to join the first organized tourist party ever to visit Yosemite.  His sketches of the valley were used as illustrations in Hutchings' Illustrated California Magazine.  His long panorama of Yosemite, crossing the Isthmus of Panama, and gold mining activities had a long run at McNulty

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Historical Society Quarterly, Sept. 1941; Honeyman Collection cat.; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); California on Stone (Peters); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); California Pictorial (Van Nostrand & Coulter); Views of Yosemite; First 100 Years of Painting in California (J. Van Nostrand); Artists of the American West (Samuels); Art of the Gold Rush; Daily Alta California, 5-27-1858 (obituary).

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