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Frances Upson Young (1870 - 1950)

View Along The Coast
Oil On Canvas
25'' X 30''
Lower Right

Frances Upson was born on January 11, 1870, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph Edwin and Cornelia (Lyman) Upson. Raised and educated in Cleveland, she attended the Cleveland School of Art, and according to her biographical index card on file at the Laguna Art Museum, also studied with H.S. Gibb in Alnwick and Oxford, England. According to her own account, in California, Frances studied with fellow artists Paul Lauritz, Lorenzo Latimer, Anna Hills, and Beatrice Whittlesey. Although an accurate history of the years of her study is lacking, it is documented that she was a member of the Ruskin Art Club, West Coast Arts, and the Laguna Beach Art Association. She joined the latter organization in 1924 and is listed as an associated artist on that group’s 1935 Festival of Arts brochure, Exhibiting Painters in the Festival of Arts, 1935. There is also a record of her participation in the Laguna Beach Art Association Spring Prize Exhibition of 1939. For many years, she and her husband frequented Laguna Beach, and upon his retirement, they settled there in the early 1930s. With her husband’s death in 1938, she continued to live in Laguna Beach, and on the 1940 United States Census, she lists her occupation as “artist”. It should be noted that the artists Frances Upson Young and Florence Young, are frequently mistaken as being one and the same. They are, however, two separate and distinct individuals, as well as artists. The confusion may have begun as early as 1932, when both artists were listed in the December 1932 California Arts & Architecture magazine’s state-wide directory of artists. A typographical error in the listing for Frances, inadvertently giving her first name as Florence, may be the root of decades of confusion.

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