(American, 1893-1971)


Watercolor on Paper

9½ x 12¾ Inches

Signed Lower Left, "W.R. Cameron"

Titled, Verso, 'Yacht Repairing, Sausalito'

Additionally Titled on Backing Card, Dated 1930 and Bearing Old Exhibition Label


This notable California Illustrator, etcher, watercolorist, lithographer was born in NYC and, by 1905, had settled in San Francisco. He first studied under Macky and Martinez at the California School of the Fine Arts (CSFA) and, later, with Perham Nahl at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC). After furthering his art studies in London and Paris, Cameron worked as a freelance illustrator and staff artist for the Oakland Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. By 1930, he was exhibiting his work nationally and became known for his delicate, marine watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area. He later moved across the bay to Alameda and, subsequently, settled in Berkeley. William Ross Cameron was the recipient of numerous prizes, medals and juried awards and his work is held in private and public collections including the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and San Francisco's De Young Museum, among others.


Memberships: SWA; Alameda AA; Artists Guild of America; SFAA; Calif. Society of Etchers; Oakland AA; Thirteen Watercolorists.



Oakland Art Gallery, 1917, 1928, 1932, 1934; Calif. Society of Etchers, Stanford Univ., 1928; San Francisco Art Association, 1931; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.



Artists in California 1786-1940, Third Edition, Edan Milton Hughes: Crocker Art Museum, Sheridan Books 2002, Vol. 1, p. 186; Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Peter Hastings Falk, Sound View Press 1999, Vol. 1, p. 550; Mallett’s Index of Artists, Daniel Trowbridge Mallett, Peter Smith: New York 1948 Edition, R.R. Bowker Company 1935, p. 65; et al.







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