Additional Francis McComas Sources
Suggested sources for additional reading on Francis McComas provided by Robert Pierce.
A fun little article about “Symphony of Historic Monterey,” the McComas painting that hangs in Monterey’s City Council chambers and is featured in our exhibition.
A short article from “Moving Picture World” in 1923, shortly after McComas designed a set for the Cecil B. Demille film The 10 Commandments, where McComas is called the “world’s greatest artist in water colors”.
A photo of McComas and Demille on the Cecil B. Demille website.
This is really the only decent biography of Francis McComas that exists — other than our own, of course! Written and compiled by Robert Edwards for TFAO, see pg. 507 of the book or pg 18 of the pdf for the section on Francis.
Some interesting info about who exhibited at the Carmel Art Association and when, from the Traditional Fine Arts Organization.
A letter from Francis to Isabella Stewart Gardner.
The painting mentioned in the letter, hanging in what is now the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
A very short bio on McComas.
A page from The Met on their McComas piece. The painting is actually pretty significant, as it was exhibited at the Armory Show, which most art people will recognize the importance of or at least will have heard of. Also, according to historic newspaper archives, allegedly McComas was the first Australian artist to be represented in the Met’s collection, although I have not independently verified that.