Born in England in 1773. Sykes joined the Royal Navy at age ten and became a midshipman on the Pacific Expedition led by Captain George Vancouver in the years 1792-94. He executed sepia wash drawings of the Presidio at Monterey and the Carmel Mission. Sykes remained in the navy for the rest of his life and was made an admiral shortly before his death in 1858. In: Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley); Hydrographic Office of the British Admiralty (London).
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(Van Nostrand & Coulter); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America
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