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PETER ILYIN 1887-1950 pencil portrait Russia born San Francisco artist

PETER ILYIN 1887-1950 pencil portrait Russia born San Francisco artist


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Directory: Fine Art: Drawings: Pre 1930: Item # 1457174
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A finely executed pencil on card portrait of a younger woman, signed at the neck line and dated there 22 July 1924 by listed San Francisco artist PETER A. ILYIN (1887-1950). The oval-shaped card measures 12" by 9" and is unframed. On the reverse in dark brown ink, the artist has written in Russian script (presumably details about the sitter). Ilyin was born in Kazan, Russia, east of Moscow, to an aristocratic family. He showed early interest in art. After military schooling and service on the Austrian front, he returned to Russia, only to leave for Japan in 1918 due to the revolution. In 1922 he arrived in San Francisco, where for the next quarter century he was recognized for his skill as a portrait painter. It is for his portraits that he is best known today. The artist is very associated with San Francisco. This piece came from the collection of a long-time San Francisco dealer.