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John Wesley Cotton

Born in 29 October 1869 Ontario Canada
 / Died in 24 November 1931 Toronto Ontario Canada

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John Wesley Cotton, painter and etcher, was born in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada on October 29,1868. His studies began in Toronto at the Art Students League in 1886, followed by studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1911 he began a two year period of study with E. M. Wilson in London. During World War I Cotton spent much time in Belgium and France and a body of his work is devoted to the picturesque landscape of Europe.

His first solo exhibition was in Toronto in 1912 and he won a medal for his etchings at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915 in San Francisco. Approximately three years later, Cotton moved to Glendale, California where he maintained a home and studio until 1930 when he returned to Toronto. He was a member of the California Printmakers Society and the California Watercolor Society. His works are in the repositories of the New York Public Library, Library of Congress, National Gallery in Ottawa, Toronto Art Museum, and the Oakland Public Library.

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