Francis Coates Jones

(1857-1932)

Francis Coates Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His brother, Hugh Bolton Jones, was a landscape painter, and the two traveled to Europe together in 1876. This trip initiated Jones's interest in a career in art and he stayed on in Pont-Aven in France as part of a community of expatriate artists. He subsequently studied with several teachers in Paris, notably William- Adolphe Bouguereau and Jules Lefebvre, before returning to Baltimore in 1881. Jones made another short trip to France two years later, and by 1884 had settled in New York. Best known for his paintings of lushly decorated domestic interiors, Jones also worked as an illustrator and mural painter. ("A Proud Heritage: Two Centuries of American Art", Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, 1987, page 201)