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 John Sykes  (1859 - 1934)

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Lived/Active: California / England      Known for: landscape

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John Sykes
from Auction House Records.
View of El Morro, San Luis Obispo, 1892
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Born in England in 1859. Sykes had a rift with his father at age 25 and left home. He then immigrated to Santa Barbara, CA where he remained. Missions were a favorite subject of his paintings; some were done on whale vertebrae. Apparently he lived on some sort of legacy; however, during his last decade the money dried up and he lived in great poverty. He was considered an eccentric, refused to eat meat or to have electricity in his tiny house. Always dressed quite nattily in a gray suit an (showing 500 of 821 characters).

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