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 Czar J. Dyer  (1849 - 1903)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California/Michigan      Known for: birds-eye topographic town views, draftsman

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A lithographer and draftsman, Czar J. Dyer, sometiems referred to as C.J. Dyer, was active primarily in Arizona but was in California where he did lithographs dated 1880 of Novato Ranch, which is in the collection of the Henry E. Huntington Library, and a lithograph of Napa Valley.

Then he traveled to Prescott, Arizona where he was active in the mining industry.  In Phoenix, he became a city councilman and mayor and became the official draftsman for the city.  His Bird's Eye View map of Phoenix is in the Smurthwaite House.  Czar Dyer' died on March 28, 1903, and his grave is in the Rosedale Cemetery in Phoenix at 15th Avenue & West Jefferson, with the incorrect name of C.A. Dyer.  The cemetery is now the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park.

The Schmidt Label & Litho. Company of San Francisco published lithographs he did of both Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona.  In the Phoenix view the "entire city is surrounded by an oval border of trimmed saplings." (Falk, 996)

According to John Reps, author of Views and Viewmakers of Urban America, some of the design credit for the Phoenix view belongs to W. Byrnes who transferred Dyer's drawing to stone.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art.  His source is John W.
Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America, (U. of Missouri Press, 1984)

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Born in Michigan in 1849. While a resident of Oakland, Dyer was the artist of a bird's-eye view of Napa City, CA in 1880 now held in the Society of California Pioneers.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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