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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: Adam, William C. 2005 PROFILE Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Hometown Bulletin, CA Sept. 1, 2005
William Constable Adam came to Pacific Grove around 1899 but he did not move into the house that bears his plaque until 1906, it was neither his health nor the Chautauqua Society that lured him. It was his lifelong passion for painting. Born in Scotland, he came to Pacific Grove by the way of Buenos Aires, France, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt and Hawaii. The son of a scholarly minister one can only image the conversations between father and son when young William announced that he wanted to paint pictures for a living. Working as a clerk during the day, he attended the Glasgow School of Art in the evenings. Impatient to study art, William traveled to Buenos Aires and Paris. He then devoted nearly 25 years to the search for nature’s beauty that he could capture with his brush in that certain kind of light that only his artist’s eye could detect. His search ended when he found Pacific Grove. Adam became quite popular rather quickly. Was it because of his bachelor status or did stories about his worldly travels lend themselves to entertaining conversation? As well as being handsome with broad shoulders and a slender build, he spoke with a Scottish broque – much like Sean Connery, I image. In addition to painting portraits, he provided art lesions which undoubtedly filled a need for others wanting to express their own creativity. Adam’s deep love for the area is felt in every one of his paintings, whether the subject is wildflowers nestled into sand dunes, proud cypress trees defying the strong ocean winds or the quiet friendliness of a sunny garden. In September 1906, William married Mrs. Mary Taft Sleuman of San Jose and moved into the recently erecte cottage at 450 Central Avenue. The groom was 60 years old and the bride was 48 years old. For their first wedding anniversary they hosted a lavish party to celebrate the occasion. William was actively painting in 1930 at the age of 83, one year before his death. When Mary passed away about a year later, her obituary said that her death “ended the career of one more of the Peninsula’s’old guard.’” During his lifetime, William’s paintings won numerous awards and recognition as fine examples of early California Impressionism. Today they are found in museum collections as well as in private and corporate collections. A few are for sale through upscale galleries. What binds us to the legacies of our ancestors, whether they be family or beloved friends whom we considered our family, are the artifacts that are handed down and preserved – letters, journals, diaries, oral histories, newspaper accounts, etc. While what remains is carefully preserved there is little to describe the day-to-day life of these two prominent citizens of early Pacific Grove. Perhaps as I continue my research of other early Pagrovians, I will come upon a colorful mention of William or Mary I will pass on the information.
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