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Lived/Active: California/Iowa      Known for: landscape-floral, portrait, figure

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William Franklin Jackson
from Auction House Records.
Early Spring, Sonoma (California Poppies and Lupine)
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The following is from Frank Lonteen:

William Franklin Jackson was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa, February 20, 1850. In 1862 his family crossed the plains by ox team, arriving in Sacramento during the Spring of 1863 where he lived during his early boyhood. Later he attended the School of Design in San Francisco where he studied under the direction of Virgil Williams and was also a pupil of Benoni Irwin, who was famous for his portrait and figure painting.

After his marriage to Ida Nichols he opened his first studio in San Francisco where he became closely associated with the late William Keith. He remained there for several years conducting his studio and then returned
to Sacramento in 1880 where he resided for the remainder of his life.

In May 1885, he was chosen as the instructor of the California School of
Design in the E.B. Crocker Art Gallery which was sponsored by the
California Museum Association. A few years later he was appointed Curator of the Art Gallery which position he held for over fifty years. In connection with his position, he maintained his private studio, first confining his efforts to portrait and figure painting and later becoming interested in landscape painting particularly depicting California poppy fields.

Mr. Jackson continued painting until the time of his death, January 8,
The following is from AskART:

William Franklin Jackson was an accomplished California artist known for his painted views of poppy fields. Jackson was born in 1850 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and at the age of twelve he and his family headed west to California. Jackson lived in San Francisco, California, and attended the California School of Design studying under Virgil Williams. Later in his career he took many painting trips to the American River and the Sierra Nevada Mountains with painter friend William Keith.

Jacksons style, and that of his contemporaries John Gamble and Granville Redmond, was a departure from the already popular landscapes of the East Coast. The brightly colored floral countryside of California was a sharp contrast to the wooded Adirondack and Catskill Mountains of New York.

By 1880 Jackson was living in Sacramento, California. In 1884 the prominent William H. Crocker Family deeded their art collection to the city of Sacramento. Jackson soon became the curator and director of the new art school associated with the Crocker collection. In 1915 he became a member of the commission of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and also exhibited at the California State Fair. Jackson was still working for the Crocker collection in Sacramento, California at the time of his death in 1936.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Council Bluffs, IA in 1850. At age 12 Jackson crossed the plains with his parents in a covered wagon and settled in Sacramento. He received his early education in the public schools there and then studied art at the School of Design in San Francisco under Virgil Williams and Benoni Irwin. Upon returning to Sacramento in 1880, he opened a studio and made many painting trips along the American River and around Donner Lake, often accompanied by his close friend William Keith. When the Crocker family deeded their art gallery to the city of Sacramento in 1884, Jackson became the curator and director of their new art school. He continued working at the gallery while serving as an art judge at the state fairs until his death on Jan. 9, 1936. A plein-air painter, his landscapes with rolling fields of poppies and lupines are greatly sought after by collectors. Exh: SFAA, 1878-1905; Calif. State Fair, 1880-1901 (gold medal); Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Sacramento Art League, 1912; Calif. Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Kingsley Art Club, 1931. In: Crocker Museum; Sutter and Rotary Clubs (Sacramento); Irvine (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); City Directory; California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); Keith, Old Master of California (Brother Cornelius); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Sacramento Bee, 12-23-1909, 12-23-1939, & 1-9-1936 (obituary).
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