|Earnest Clifford Peixotto|
Ernest Clifford Peixotto
Muralist, painter, illustrator; born in San Francisco, CA on Oct. 15, 1869. Peixotto studied at the SF School of Design under Emil Carlsen and in Paris for seven years with Constant, Lefebvre, and Doucet at Academie Julian.
After his return to SF in 1894, he founded an art magazine, The Lark. In 1897 he left for NYC and thereafter divided his time between that city and France where he maintained a villa at Fontainebleau; however, he made many trips back to California to exhibit and execute mural commissions.
He painted murals, portraits, and landscapes in oil and watercolor as well as superb pen‑&‑ink sketches. So excellent were his delineations of buildings that he was elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. General John Pershing appointed him an official artist for the American Expeditionary forces in WWI with the rank of captain. After the war, he settled in NYC.
Never a starving‑in‑the‑attic artist, he was always assured of a steady income from his illustrations for such magazines as Harper's and Scribner’s. One of the highest paid artists in the business, he was versatile as well as prolific. He did 50 illustrations for President T. Roosevelt's Life of Cromwell, and a large number for Henry Cabot Lodge's Story of the Revolution as well as sketches for Robert Louis Stevenson's Letters.
Peixotto wrote and illustrated many other books including Romantic California (1911).
He died in NYC on Dec. 6,1940.
Member: Salmagundi Club; Nat'l Society of Mural Painters; Society of Illustrators; NY Architectural League; ANA, 1909; Century Club; AFA; Allied AA; Society des Artistes Francais; Bohemian Club; French Legion of Honor.
Exhibited in SF: Vickery's Gallery, 1892; Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; Guild of Arts & Craft, 1896; SFAA, 1900, 1903; PPIE, 1915.
Works held: NMAA; Hispanic Museum, NY.
California Art Research
American Art Annual, 1919-1933
Who Was Who in American Art, pg. 477
E. Benezit, v. VIII, pg 193
Biographical Sketches of American Artists
History and Ideals of American Art
Artists of the American West, Samuels
Seaman Bank Building, New York City, 1924
Bank of New York, New York City, 1924
Century Club, New York City, 1924
Filoli Center, Woodside, CA, circa 1930
George Washington Bicentenary, Washington, D.C., 1932
Paris, France, Paris Salon, 1890, 91-95
New York City, National Academy of Design, 1908
Chicago, Illinois, Chicago World's Fair, 1895
San Francisco, CA, Vickery's Gallery, 1892
Mark Hopkins Institute, 1896
San Francisco Art Association, 1900, 1903
Pan-Pacific International Exposition, 1915
Honorable Mention, Paris Salon, 1895
Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, 1921, Paris, France
Officer of the Legion of Honor, 1925, Paris, France
Bohemian Club, San Francisco
Century Club, New York City (V.P.)
Mc Dowell Club, New York City (P)
Salmagundi Club, New York City
National Soc. Mural Painters, NYC
Allied Artists of America, NYC
Internallied American Club, Paris
The American Club, Paris
Societe des Artistes Francais, Paris
The Argonaut Magazine, 9.18.1893
The Out West Magazine, v.19, 1903
The San Francisco Call, 6.24.1907
Scribner's Magazine, v.42, 62, 67
American Magazine of Art, 1920, 26