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Artist Biography

An important painter and influential teacher of Impressionist figurative works, Francis Coates Jones, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, younger brother to noted landscape painter Hugh Bolton Jones. Between 1876 and 1877, the Jones and his brother traveled to Europe and visited studios in London and at the artist’s colony in Pont-Aven, Brittany. The next four years, Jones studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. As early as 1877, his work was exhibited at the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York City.

Upon his return to America, Jones worked briefly in his brother's studio in New York City. He returned to France in 1880 where he painted and studied at Academie Julian under Boulanger and Lefebvre and and made extensive trips throughout Europe. He returned to the United States in 1888 and settled permanently in New York City where he was an influential teacher at the National Academy of Design.

By 1885 Jones won the National Academy's Thomas B. Clarke prize and was elected as an Associate member. He was granted full Academician in 1894 and served as Treasurer for twenty-two years. Jones was active in the art community and became a member of the Society of American Artists in 1882 and exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association. Jones was affiliated with numerous art organizations, serving as a trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1917 to 1930. Jones paintings are found in public collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; National Museum of American History, Washington, DC; Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, MA; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Washington University, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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