**ONE OF TWO WORKS BY THIS ARTIST IN MY SHOP**Oil on canvas laid on board painting of colorful, flowering shrubs and bushes alongside the Pacific shore, 8 3/8" by 11" (11 3/4" by 14 3/4" in very attractive vintage pie crust style frame), signed at lower right center 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, FORMERLY in desperate need of a cleaning, as it was really dirty, covered by years of yellowish-brown grime and gunk, has just emerged from restoration, having cleaned up beautifully, as shown. The extreme lower left corner (triangle shaped) appears to have become separated, long ago, apparently before this was laid on the board. The small resulting crack there has been filled in and inpainted,
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