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Francis McComas
Nationality: 
american (b. australia)
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1874
Birth Place: 
Fingal, Tasmania
Death Date: 
1938
Death Place: 
Pebble Beach, CA
At age 15 McComas enrolled at the Sydney Technical College. Leaving Australia in 1898 with his friend Myer Blashki, he worked his way to San Francisco as a merchant seaman. Upon arrival, he studied with Arthur Mathews at the Mark Hopkins Institute and continued in Paris at the Académie Julian. Returning to SF in 1902, he had his first solo show at Vickery's and in 1904 toured Europe with photographer Arnold Genthe. Architect Willis Polk and artist Charles Rollo Peters were attendants at his marriage to Marie Louise Parrott in SF in 1905. In 1907, while traveling through Greece, the McComases were presented to the royal family. In 1909 and 1910 he spent time sketching in New Mexico and Arizona before settling into his new home in Carmel in 1912. With Arthur Putnam and Mary H. Foote, he was one of three California artists invited to exhibit in the Armory Show of 1913 in NYC. At the PPIE in 1915, he served on the International Jury of Awards and was awarded a bronze medal for one of ten entries. In 1917 he divorced his wife and married artist Gene Frances Baker of Oakland. (Hughes)