Watercolor on paper painting of a lone figure in a clearing surrounded by summer trees, unframed, 9 1/4" by 14", signed at lower left "S.J YARD. 97. JUNE." This is an eastern-looking work though the subject is almost certainly somewhere in Northern California. Yard was born in Rockford, Illinois where he was able to become introduced to art. Still young, after further art study in New York, he moved to London, coming under the tutelage of Royal Academician Sutton Palmer. In London, the young artist was exposed to the long history of English watercolor art. By the year 1882, Yard was in California, where he operated photo studios in San Jose and Palo Alto with fellow artist Andrew Putnam Hill. Shortly he was exhibiting at the San Francisco Art Association. IN 1904 Yard moved to the Monterey Peninsula, and it is scenes of that area that constitute the bulk of his works. He is remembered today as a highly skilled watercolorist. During the art market peak in 2007, certain Yard works reached $7,000 at auction. This example has tack holes at top, likely from the artist affixing this to his working surface. There is a missing corner at extreme lower left and some of the other corners are slightly dog-eared. There appears to be a stray pencil mark in the sky. Nicely framed and matted, this will be ready for another century of display.
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