Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies: James Everett Stuart

James Everett Stuart (1852-1941)
James Everett Stuart was born near Dover or New Bangor, Maine in 1852 and died in San Francisco, California in 1941. Stuart was educated in the public schools of San Francisco where he was brought when he was eight years old. He showed an aptitude fro drawing at an early age. From 1868 to 1873, he studied with the portrait painter Wood in Sacramento. The next five years he studied at the San Francisco School of Design, the pupil of Virgil Williams, R. D. Yelland, and Thomas Hill. He became a minor member of the important Bohemian Club while Jules Tavernier, Julian Rix, and Joe Strong set the carefree pattern. His early sketches were of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. His first Northwest trip was in 1876. In 1881, he painted Oregon landscapes. In 1886, he painted California adobes and missions before visiting Yosemite and Yellowstone. Stuart had studios in New York City where he also studied, and in Chicago, in Portland, and again in San Francisco. Through his habit of writing on the back of each painting, he is known to have made over five thousand paintings, from Alaska to the Panama Canal and from California to Maine. The studio productions were elaborate and pretentious compared to the large oil "sketches" made in the field.
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