Artist Biography

Frederick YATES
1854 - 1919

Frederick Yates was born in England in 1854. He abandoned a desk in a London mercantile house for art study in the Paris ateliers of Bonnat, Boulanger, and Lefebvre. Following his art training, in 1886 he moved to San Francisco where his family had settled a few years before. Locally, he became a popular portraitist and taught at the newly formed Art Students League. He made several trips back to England, and also France and Italy, for further work. On one of these trips he became acquainted with the Dowager Marchioness of Downshire who became his patroness and introduced him to London society. Yates was active in San Francisco until 1900 and then returned to England where he remained until his death in 1919. Member: Bohemian Club. Exhibited: Paris Salon; Royal Academy (London); Art Students League of San Francisco, 1886; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1897; Kilohana Art League (Hawaii), 1897; Bohemian Club, 1897, 1902, 1904, 1913; Alaska-Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909; California Artists, Golden Gate Park, 1915. Works held: Bohemian Club.

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