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William Lemos
Mid Century Horses at the Trough


$1,500Asking Price


Charming mid century oil painting of two horses at watering trough by William M. Lemos, Santa Cruz and San Francisco artist (American, 1861-1942), circa 1900. Writing on verso is in the hand of William M. Lemos. Presented in gilt-toned wood frame. Image size: 12.5"H x 18.5"W. We attribute this painting to be by William Lemos, it is painted in his style and the hand writing on the cardboard backing is the same as other examples I have seen in my inventory over the last 25 years. He routinely would place the name and address of the customer on the back of the paintings prior to shipping them on the Railroad from his Santa Cruz Studio. Born in New York on Aug. 8, 1861. As a boy Lemos earned money by wandering the streets and painting on request. Arriving in San Francisco in 1887, he established a studio at 106 Geary. With his wife Mabel, he worked in Los Angeles for a few years in the 1890s. After settling in Santa Cruz in 1896, he painted murals for many local businessmen. When the original Beach Casino was built there at the Boardwalk in 1904, Lemos was the first concessionaire and worked there for nearly 40 years. On his platform in the Casino, Lemos did paintings of redwoods, still lifes, forest fires, beach scenes, and marines. Many of his oils were done on redwood slabs which were popular with the tourists; in the early days these paintings sold for one dollar and up depending on the size of the work. After his vision failed and he was unable to paint, his last years were mostly spent fishing off the Municipal Pier with a friend who baited his hook for him because he could no longer see. In the March 27, 1941 Santa Cruz Sentinel News Lemos reminisced, "Them were the days when the Boardwalk was only twelve feet long and when business got slow I picked up my shotgun and went across the street and shot ducks where the Casa del Rey Hotel now stands." Lemos died in Santa Cruz, CA on Aug. 8, 1942. Exh: Calif. State Fair, 1885; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1889. In: Santa Cruz City Museum; Wawona Hotel (Yosemite). Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" Art & Artists in Santa Cruz cat.; City Directory; Census; Death record; Santa Cruz Sentinel, 8-9-1942 and Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express, 8-10-1942 (obits).


  • Creator
    William Lemos (1861, American)
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  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.5 in. (34.29 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: .65 in. (1.66 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: D26761stDibs: LU5426981382

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