Percy Gray

American, 1860 - 1952
Percy Gray, born in San Francisco on October 3, 1869, hailed from a lineage of artists and embraced this legacy with fervor. He apprenticed under Emil Carlsen before refining his craft under William Merritt Chase. By 1920, Gray had solidified his reputation as a distinguished landscape painter.
In 1923, Gray married and settled in Monterey, where he meticulously restored the historic Casa Bonifacio, also known as the Sherman Rose House, constructed in 1835. This site bore witness to the storied romance of Senorita Maria Bonifacio and William T. Sherman, the renowned Civil War General.
Establishing his studio within the Casa Bonifacio, Gray honed his watercolor technique to perfection. In 1939, he and his wife sold the house and moved to San Francisco, later settling in San Anselmo, Marin County, in 1941. Following his wife's passing in 1951, Gray spent his final year as a resident of the Bohemian Club in his hometown. He passed away from a heart attack in his studio on October 10, 1952.
While Gray dabbled in oils and portraiture, he is predominantly celebrated for his captivating watercolors. His oeuvre predominantly captures the serene beauty of Northern California, featuring rolling glades and valleys adorned with vibrant poppies and lupines beneath the canopy of majestic oaks and eucalyptus trees.
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