Oil on canvas laid on board painting of a colorful, flower-filled garden with paths and birdbath, what appears to be a fog bank moving in, 15 1/2" by 19 1/2" (24" by 28" as framed), signed at lower left by the well listed California painter WILLIAM CONSTABLE ADAM (1846-1931). This is a typical work of an artist who is today best known for his depictions of the landscapes, gardens, and houses of the Monterey Peninsula area. Born in England, Adam studied in Paris, Glasgow and even Buenos Aires, before landing in Boston in 1893. Five years later he was in California, having fallen in love with the Monterey area. He remained there the rest of his life, painting landscapes of the local area and further afield in the state, and giving art lessons in a famous rose-covered cottage. Over time, he came to be called "Professor Adam". The artist left behind a fine legacy---colorful, sunny paintings of lovely places, inevitably very easy to live with. This example fresh out of a local estate is in superb condition (as is the frame) and it is ready to hang on the wall. A circa 1970 label from a San Francisco Jackson Square (traditional design/antiques district) is affixed to the reverse. A fine piece of California plein air art, worthy of the finest home.
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