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    William Franklin Jackson (American, 1850-1936)
    Hillside of Poppies with Cumulus Clouds
    Oil on canvas laid on board
    8 x 10-1/2 inches (20.3 x 26.7 cm)
    Signed lower left: WF Jackson

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Cynthia Franklin, the artist's great-grandniece, by descent.

    "By his works shall ye know him"

    --William Franklin Jackson

    In 1885, the California philanthropist Mrs. Margaret Crocker deeded the "Crocker Art Gallery" to the California Museum Association and the City of Sacramento, prompting the search for the first curator of her magnificent collection. Artist William Franklin Jackson's family had been closely associated with civic affairs in Sacramento, and he himself was a member of the Museum Association, which made him the ideal choice for the position. Jackson served as chief curator of the museum for over 50 years, in addition to directing the Sacramento School of Design. During his time in Sacramento, he became good friends with artists William Keith and Thomas Hill, often making painting excursions to Donner Lake, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the American River. In 1915 Jackson became a member of the Commission of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.

    We are delighted to offer the following collection of seven paintings, a well-rounded selection of the artist's oeuvre, which come directly from Jackson's great-grandniece.

    Highlighting the collection is Jackson's iconic Hillside with Poppies and Cumulus Clouds. His ability to capture the vibrant wildflowers of the California landscape has drawn accolades from collectors nationwide. Here, brightly colored poppies interspersed with colorful wildflowers line the meandering path that leads the viewer to a peaceful hillside oak. Along the way, the viewer catches a glimpse of cool water and passing clouds over distant hills--a recipe for the perfect composition in landscape painting. Jackson's bold palette, understanding of California light, and energetic brushwork demonstrate his abilities as one of the premier Impressionist plein-air painters of early California.





    Condition Report*: Original canvas laid down on board (likely done by the artist). Small area of fluorescing in the tree (upper left quadrant) possibly due to uneven varnish layer. The canvas is slightly buckling. There is a pinhole size fleck of paint loss in the upper right corner. Light surface dirt. Overall, nice surface qualities. Framed Dimensions 12.5 X 15 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    4th Friday
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