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 Gertrude Farquharson (Kanno) Boyle  (1878 - 1937)



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Lived/Active: California      Known for: portrait bust sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Gertrude Farquharson Boyle was born in San Francisco, CA in 1876.  Boyle grew up in San Francisco and after graduating from Cogswell College she studied at the California School of Mechanical Art and the Mark Hopkins Institute under Douglas Tilden in the 1890s. 

About 1900 she had a studio across the hall from William Keith at 414 Pine Street that was destroyed in the 1906 disaster.  Her interracial marriage to Japanese poet Takeshi Kanno in 1907 caused quite a stir in her native city.  During the early 1920s she was active in New York City where she did busts of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. 

She became ill while on a trip to Japan and returned to die in her native city on Aug. 14, 1937.  Boyle is best remembered for her bronze portrait busts à la Rodin.

Exhibited:  California State Fair, 1901 (gold medal); Berkeley Art Ass’n, 1908; Alaska Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909 (gold medal); Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1937 (solo); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939. 

Works held:  St Mary's College, Moraga, CA (bust of William Keith).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Overland Monthly, May 1916; AAA 1915-24; SF Chronicle, 8-29-1937 (obit).
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A sculptor of portrait busts, Gertrude Boyle depicted Joaquim Miller, American poet; Edwin Markham, poet; and baseball player, Christy Mathewson.  In 1907, she married Japanese poet-philosopher Takeshi Kanno, and the marriage received widespread public attention.

Boyle studied at Cogswell College, the California School of Mechanical Art and the Mark Hopkins Institute where her teacher was Douglas Tilden.

She was a member of the Society of Independent Artists.

Exhibition venues included the Alaska-Pacific Yukon Exposition, Seattle, 1909; Panama Pacific Expostion of 1915; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1923; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1937 ; Golden Gate Exposition, 1939; California State Fair; Salons of America; and Society of Independent Artists.

Her work can be found at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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Gertrude F. Boyle was born in 1878, San Francisco.

She lived with Eitaro Ishigaki from 1915 until 1926-27. She was divorced from Isen Takishi Kanno from 1919 until she remarried him in 1928.

It is unclear if she ever married Ishigaki.  I don't think she did but Ayako Ishigaki makes a comment in her biography stating that Ishigaki and Ayako had to wait until he was divorced.

For your information last month I uncovered a picture of a bust of Jack London that was modeled around 1902 and destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.  Prior to this proof, her bust of him is intermittently referenced.

I also have discovered a number of letters between her and Richard Guy Walton of Virginia City.

She also is the cousin of Robert Haley Asher of Palomar Mountain, a photographer and painter. 

Written and submitted by Roy Boyle, who is collecting biographical data on the artist.

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