(1855 - 1909)
Sydney Janis Yard was active/lived in California, New York, Illinois. Sydney Yard is known for tonalist landscape painting, watercolorist.
associated with Carmel/Monterey.
the lengthy biography in Scott Shields, Artists
at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907, Berkeley:
University of California Press, 2006.
Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Art Exhibition Index, First through Twenty-seventh, 1928-1957 (Publications in California Art, No. 12)"
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 several galleries in the San Francisco
Bay Area until his death in 1909. Although Yard painted in oils, he is
best known for his watercolor landscapes of inland trees, gardens, and
Scott A. Shields, Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907
Watercolorist. Born in Rockford, IL on Nov. 5, 1855.
Yard began his art study in NYC and continued under Sutton Palmer in
the British Isles where he became a master of English watercolor
techniques. He won some recognition in New York before moving to
California in 1882.
For the first three years he was a partner of Andrew Putman Hill in a
photography business with studios in San Jose and Palo Alto. In
1904 he settled on the Monterey Peninsula where he published a
newspaper which was a substantial part of his income.
A skilled watercolorist, he did works that are primarily landscapes and coastal scenes of the Monterey Peninsula.
Yard died there on Jan. 1, 1909.
Exhbition: San Francisco Art Association, 1896-1908; Starr King Fraternity (Oakland), 1905;
Berkeley AA, 1908; Oakland Home Club, 1908; Alaska-Yukon Expo
(Seattle), 1909; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1909-12. In: CHS; Harrison
Library (Carmel); Santa Cruz City Museum; Monterey Peninsula Museum.
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