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 Sidney Armer  (1871 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: wildflower illustrations, botanics

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in San Francisco, Sidney Armer became a specialist in watercolor illustrations of botanical subjects-California plants and flowers. He studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute and then with Arthur Mathews in San Francisco. He then worked as an artist at the Dickman-Jones Lithograph Company, where his reproduced works were sold a fine art prints and advertisement illustrations. In the 1920s, he did calendar illustrations for Schmidt Litho Company and label designs for Traung label and Lithograph Company.

He was married to artist and illustrator Laura Armer for whom he did illustrations of her writings, and they retired to Fortuna, California in Humboldt County, where he died on May 10, 1962.

Source: Gordon McClelland and Jay Last, "California Watercolors, 1850-1970"

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in San Francisco, CA on April 28, 1871. Armer studied art at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews. He lived in his native city until 1938. With his wife Laura, he retired to Fortuna, CA and died there on May 10, 1962. His illustrations of California wild flowers and plant life are highly regarded by botanists and horticulturists. Exh: Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; Mark Hopkins Inst., 1898. In: LACMA; Eureka Public Library; Eureka Women's Club; Oakland Museum.
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); California State Library (Sacramento); California Historical Society Quarterly, Summer 1977.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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