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Lot 239: Jules Mersfelder nautical ship drawing, pencil signed and dated 1881
October 23, 2016
Scotts Valley, CA, USALive Auction
Jules Mersfelder nautical ship drawing, pencil signed and dated 1881, framed dimensions 17" X 21"
Jules R. Mersfelder was born on Aug. 26, 1865 in Stockton, CA when it was still a small frontier town. Mersfelder began drawing at an early age and in his teens moved to San Francisco where he studied for three years at the School of Design under Virgil Williams. While studying at that school, he often visited the nearby studio of William Keith who offered criticism. Mersfelder then moved to NYC where he had a studio for a few years. During his stay there, he exhibited at the first exhibition of the Society of American Artists. He also enjoyed the hospitality and criticism of George Inness and A. H. Wyant. He later exhibited in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore. He won a bronze medal at the Louisiana Purchase Expo