Cornelius Denis O'Sullivan (aka. Irish singer Denis O'sullivan)

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An informal Song Recital was given at the Deer's Head Inn, Tuesday evening by Denis O'Sullivan, the noted Irish singer from London, who delighted a large and appreciative audience by his supurb rendition of an extended and varied programme of Classic Lieder and Irish Ballads.
The opening group consisted of two songs of Schubert, given by the singer wih rare breadth of expression, followed by 'Israfel' of Oliver King. The second group contained 'The Lark in the Clear Air', an exquisite old Irish air arranged by Esposito and by the way dedicated to Mr. O'Sullivan, 'Die Beiden Grenadiere' of Schuman, and 'The Curates Song' from 'The Sorcerer' of Sir Arthur Sullivan. These songs were followed by two groups of Irish songs, in the rendition of which Mr. O'Sullivan is past master, combining the delightful Irish humor with the strong personality of that race. No small part of the charm of the entertainment lay in the accompaniment most sympathetically and capably played by William L. Carrigan of New York, a boyhood friend of Mr. O'Sullivan.
It was without doubt the best song recital ever given in Elizabethtown and was throughly appreciated by an audience capable of fine discrimination.
Mr. O'Sullivan is, according to the London Times, the most conservative English newspaper, the greatest artist of his day and Elizabethtown is to be congratulated upon having had an opportunity of hearing him free gratis.
Wednesday noon
Mr. O'Sullivan left town for his native home in California, where he goes to look after property affairs, he being at the head of the O'Sullivan estate there.
Something of an idea of his popularity in England and Ireland may be gained from th facts that he has been summoned to sing before King Edward and offered a seat in Parliament from Cork.

[source: Elizabeth Town-post-1903-july-september - 0017.pdf, 30 July 1903]

* DENNIS O'Sullivan, brother of J. B. O'Sullivan of Reno, began his engagement before a large audience in the Grand Opera House at San cisco Sunday afternoon. The gifted actor and singer appeared ....
[The Daily Nevada State Journal on Tuesday, August 22, 1905 (Reno, Nevada)]

Denis O'Sullivan is packing the Grand Opera House and exciting an immense-amount of enthusiasm with his of Shaun ...
[Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - August 26, 1905, Oakland, California]

...  "Patrick billed as the Author of "Peggy is in life Mrs. DENIS O'Sullivan -wife of the star now crowding the Grand Mrs. was ELIZABETH CURTIS; Ihe eldest of the children of Mr. Mrs. James Marvin CURTIS. She is an artist, and was one of the founders of the Art Students' League here. The O'Sullivans, by the way, could establish a little salon here and people it with their relatives and family connections, nearly all of whom are talented or accomplished. Mrs. CURTIS, Mrs. O'Sullivan's mother, is a sister of Benoni Irwin, the portrait painter, and Mary CURTIS Richardson, the artist and pioneer of the Russian Hill colony, is also a near relative. Edith Ladd, the pianist, is Mrs. O'Sulhvan's cousin, as are the Chamberlain sisters, authors of "Mrs. Essington." Alice Lonnon, now appearing at the Grand, is another cousin. Mrs. Tom Magee, Mrs. O'Sullivan's sister, is a fine pianiste and was orie of the Abbey Cheney amateurs Town Talk. 
[The Oakland Tribune on Saturday, September 02, 1905 (Oakland, California)]

.. rence become better acquainted, in a few minutes than during all DENIS O'Sullivan usually times Mi visits on this coast to accord with the Bohemian Club jinks. "And I'll miss them this time after he said, "for I've four performances booked for Saturday and Sunday. But I went up last week amt paid my tribute to the and mourned, with my arms about one of the tree trunks that I couldn't be with the "Didn't 'the boys' do a Httk mourning1 "Some of them may miss me a came the response, "for usually lead a few stunts with my penny whistle." At the words Mr. O'SulIivan's right hand sought a back pocket and out came a long tin whistle. "I've carried one about with me ever since I was a he contin- ued, "about ten years old. I'm "never without it." Shortly after this, meeting another Bohemian, I learned that Mr. O'SulIivan's daily stunts at Bohemian Grove consisted in making an early morning round with that self-same whistle, wak- 
...  edge stands me in good stead. 'But your again I reminded. 'Oh, my voice! Why, I used to be a fiddler, and when I sang for any of the boya they usually told me to shut up and play my fiddle. It was Jack Barrett and a few others who told me I ought to cultivate my voice. And after I closed up my father's business I went to LONDON to study." "Who did you train "I didn't remain in England that time, but crossed over to Italy and studied with Vannuccini for two years." And how long have you been on the staged' About ten years. The very first time that I sang before people who paid to listen was at some little- hall here in Oakland. "It was a minstrel show, and we dressed down at Mrs. Howard's Harrison street, I believe it was. All those who took part in that Mr. O'SulIivan's face lighted as he continue, more or less, to appear in affairs of that sort.....etc
For Dennis O'Sullivan is a San Franciscan by birth, with numerous family connections hereabouts, He went to school in Oakland, at St. Joseph's, conducted by the Christian Brothers somewhere down on Oak street, and, later, spent two years at St. Ignatius in San Francisco, where his pioneer father, now deceased, helped found that big firm of O'Sullivan, Kelly Co. Con O'SulIivan's name was a power in the commercial life of that city, arid his partner, James R. Kelly, whose death occurred about a year ago, became president of the Hibernia Bank. After his father's death, Dennis O'Sullivan took the rems and closed up the business, having artistic rather than commercial leanings. "I've been wild about music all my he said, smilingly. "I used to be a fiddler. Carl 0. Troyer, secretary of the Academy of Science, and a celebrated ethnologist and student, was my Urst instructor. With him I studded Con Amour. It was a labor of love, rather than a task." This last observation was made in a reminiscent tone which brightened as he exclaimed, "And by the wry, once I sang Ws Zuni Indian songs through- out England, where they created quite a sensation. I obtained a of the classics from Mr. Troyer and a fair knowledge of them, "And "I belonged to quite well "He's always doing I interrupted. "And Lester At the name I nodded and Mr. O'Sullivan continued, 'Sind Jimmy Archibald all took part. You know Jimmy, of "I do not." "Not know Jimmie? Oh, you must surely. We used to call him the 'great After this little insight into Jimmie's leading characteristic conversation led into another channel. Mr. O'SulIivan's home is in LONDON. "I live at Holland Park, and it takes me just twenty-five minutes to reach the very center LONDON." the Philharmonic Society of San Francisco, under Herman Brandt. I used to play the violin and different in- just as was needed." Mr. O'Sullivan made this observation casually, as though it were quite the usual thing in life to be able to play any instrument at A romance surrounds Mr. O'SulIivan's marriage to Miss ELIZABETH CURTIS, herself San Franciscan. "I met her on my first trip over to LONDON. She was going to Europe to continue her art studies, I to cultivate my voice. "At Panama we went out for a sail together, when chubasco" (spelled according to O'Sullivan) "came up." "And what's "A tornado. The boatman laid down in the bottom of the boat and began to pray, and after "I suppose you managed the sails This I questioned, and Mr. O'Sullivan replied "Well, yes, I managed to make a landing and after that she seemed to think I was a pretty good man to stay with." This is the simple recital of Mr. O'Sullivan himself, but back of it I'll wager there's a story of bravery or daring which will not talk of, ior a tornado in southern waters is not easily( passed. "Queer, -isn't it, how people can know each other all their lives, ..
 DENIS AT YE I'm losing my J and then, just through one occur- in Italy, Mr. O'Sullivan returned to LONDON again, and joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company, singing in grand opera for three months. "I made my debut in Dublin, in Trovatore, and during the time I was with this company I learned and sang sixteen different roles. I sang the Dutchman' on three hours' notice, and without rehearsal." On this trip Mr. O'Sullivan toured in all the principal cities. "I obtained what I consider an invaluable training during this grand opera season. With Mr. O'Sullivan I've reason to believe otherwise. He is the man for the part. Just naturally suited! to it, in these three Irish plays he brings with him at Ye Liberty. Take, for instance, the hero in Arrah Na Pogue. Isn't Mr. O'Sullivan true to the excepting, of course, when he sings? I forgot to ask him since he is so adept at the brogue, the reason for dropping it in that dear otd melody of in Her Low-back or "The Wear- ing of tjie Green." Not that the audiences-object- one of the judges at the "Pels or, in other words, the mu- sic festival. "It Fets-CcoU the Eisteddfodd in Asked for further information, Mr. O'Sullivan explained that to these festivals people come bring- ing with them the" folk melodies, and all the national music in its original and native form, that is obtainable; some of them-bring- ing words It is the purpose to preserve this national music in its native purity; a thing difficult of ac- complishment, "because of the modern harmonies which are at- tached to IWsh melodies by peo- ple who are not acquainted with the characteristics of that music." There is a marked correspond- ence, so Mr. O'Sullivan contends, in the construction of the old Greek scales and those upon which the Irish airs are founded. From the music of the old coun- try, Mr. O'Sullivan turned his attention to the people. "There were seventy or eighty lads arid lassies came over on the boat on which I made my last said he. "Fine, stal- wart fellows, and rosy-cheeked, blooming girls And they danced their little jigs and enjoyed their innocent fun, while some of us looked on." "And at O'Sulli- van spoke with sadness "at every station where one stops, there will be only, a few little children playing by the roadside; an old man, maybe, bent and worn, leaning upon a stick, and on old woman, with hand to her forehead, peering out at the pass ing train. Everybody gone, cept those who are too old. or too young to work." "It makes me tMnk of that speech of John Redmond's, on Augustine Birrell's Home Rule bill, which was condemned on May the 7th of this year. I was there. He said the hor- rible thing is tlhat the sons of Ireland must stand by and see her with this great wound in her side, bleeding, y.ear by year, and helpless to stanch it.' Ah, it's an awful England owes to concluded Mr. O'Sullivan, with pathos in his voice. From the Irish and1 Ireland talk naturatty led to people of the United States. Men of the East are regarded by Mr. O'SuUi- as simply parts in one co- ordinate whole. "If one drops out, there is an- other easily found to take his place. They lack individuality. Here In the west it is different. There 3s individualism, strongly marked." And of this individual- ism Mr. O'Sullivan himself is an exponent. He is a big strong looking man, with open counten- ance and engaging manners. One of the whole-hearted kind who looks as though he felt it a good thing just to be alive. Somewhat of a student, aflso, I should judge, though lie disclaims this fact. He told we some interest- ing things about Peter Pan, too, which are worth listening to, for Mr O'Sullivan boasts aa inti- mate? authors from over the sea. "To properly appreciate that play" said Mr. O'Strlltvan "one should go in company, with a little child, and see it from his point of view; otherwise, it seems to the grown-up who has out- growa illusions, like so much Tommy rot I "IVe been to see it ten continued he; "it's beautlfull "And that closing scene I" "Do came the ready response, "I've a sister living over in Mill Valley, in a little bunga- low perched up among the trees. I was-over-there-a few -days ago, and I thought surely the man wV painted that scene in Peter Pan, with the tiny house among the tree-tops, must have been in Mill Valley and gotten his inspi- ration "And those fairies darting about in the "Just like so many fire-flies 1 You have seen how they dart hither and "Indeed I have." "There's one thing not gener- ally known about the writing of that play. Barrie gets the credit of it, but in. reality it was -nearly all' the work of children." "How's i "All the names in the play-are those of real children. Take Michael, for instance. Michael is named after Michael Huxley, grandson of the great scientist. Wendy is the name, I think, of Burnes-Jones' daughter, and John is called after some little boy friend. They all used to talk to Barrie about this play. One day Michael would to him, 'We must have Indians in it.' 'Very said Barrie, 'we'll have Indiansl' Then the little fellow said, "There must be a cave. They've got to live in a cave.' At this Barrie held a consultation with his stage manager, who protested vigorously at this innovation on the score of expense. But Bar- rie remained firm and little Michael Huxley's suggestion was carried into effect. And so, step by step, was this fascinating play built, purely from tl-e depths of childhood fancies. "These youngsters are all friends of my little daughter said Mr. O'Sullivan. "She gives a birthday party once a year to about twenty of them, and has one or two grown-ups, of which I'm- fortunate enough to be one." All this talk about Peter Fan showed conclusively that Mr." O'Sullivan himself carries with him the heart of childhood and it also unveiled sidelights on ihat most charming1 of all modern productions, "Peter Pan." Mr. O'Sullivan expects to remain here until September, looking after family lioldings in San Francisco, where fire wrought high havoc. Later in the fall he "will4return to LONDON to sing at the opening of the new St. James Hall. Following this will be another trip to the United States, with an opening night at a recital in Car- negie hall, New York, whe-e Mr. O'Sojllivan will render a variety, of songs, principally ballads. This last Irip will be made un- der engagement with Klaw Erlanger, with Mr. Joseph Brooks as business manager. At the mention of these names I recalled the press item now floating about regarding that backing of this great theatrical firm, and asked; Mr. O'SulIivan's opinion regarding the gigantic trusts He replied: in detail to the effect that he them, rather than otherwise, chiefly for the reason that they paid higher salaries to profession- als than individual manager! could1 afford to. 
[The Oakland Tribune on Sunday, July 28, 1907(Oakland,California)]

Tuesday evening a concert in aid of the Rectory Fund, Church of the Good Shepherd, was given in the music room of The Windsor. The receipts of the occasion amounted to about $ 70.
The musicians who favored the people of Elizabethtown with their talent Tuesday evening were Mrs. B.F. Stetson, pianist, Mrs. John S. Robers Jr., violonist, Mrs. Maria Smyth, formerly Miss Maria Noble of Elizabethtown, who recently made her debut in the opera in Paris, and Myron W. Whitney Jr., who studied three years in Florence with the celebrated singer Vannuccini and who was for some time bass in the Municipal theatre at Nantes.
Our local musicians filled the instrumental part of the program to the satisfaction of all. As for the vocalists, they completely captivated the audience. Mr. Whitney, whose voice made many think of Denis O'Sullivan, the famous London singer, most effectively rendered D'ye Ken John Peel, Punchinello, Marching Along, Ciccina, Schifferlied, Strophes de Vulcain, Kathleen Mavourneen and If All the Young Maidens, being enthusiastically applauded at the end of each number. Should Mr. Whitney ever appear here again he may be sure of a right royal welcome.
Mrs. Smyth [..].

[elizabethtown-post-1908-july-september - 0041.pdf, 17 Sept. 1908]

Colombus, Ohio Feb. 1 - Dennis O'Sullivan, Irish actor and singer, died today at the Grant hospital after an operation for appendicitis performed Thursday. He was born in San Francisco in 1866. His greatest succes was 'Peggy MaChree'.

[Daily Journal (Telluride, San Miguel County), 1908 Feb 01]

- (EBAY) 1908 Portrait Denis O'sullivan Singer Brandauer Pens
The late Mr. Denis O'Sullivan, a fina baritone singer, and an all-round musician of exceptional ability. was forty years of age at his death in America last week. He had won a high place in the regard of English music-lovers, especially for the beauty of his interpretations, and was greatly admired and respected by those who were intimate with his charming character. He studied with Mr. Santley, Mr. Shakepeare and others, toured with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, was engaged for the tole in Shamus o'Brien at the Opera Comique in 1896, and recetly appreared in London in Peggy Machree, a delightful musical comedy written bij his WIFE. He also took part in many English concerts, and was fulfilling numerous engagements in America when te operation for appendicitis was performed which resulted in his death. Our photograph is by Elliott en Fry.

* Dennis O'SULLIVAN was born -'in the comedy singer, who died this morning in Grant hospital, Columbus, 0., was a brother of J. B. O'Sullivan of this city. Jack O'SULLIVAN first learned of his brother's ttlnesc by a telegram in the of last evening, and it was ic Associated Pressi dispatch mS this nibrnfng thtft mf T .......___his brother's death. Dennis O'Sullivan was bom in the O'Sullivan mansion, on the earner of Bush and Leavenworth streeto, San Francisco, on April 25, 1866. He spent his boyhood in the bay city and after finishing high school entered bt. Igna tids cpllege, where, he graduated. Aftei tairfing his degree took charge of father's, interest in the flrm of iullivan, Kelly Co., having stores San Francisco and Sacramento. Hu _jed' up this business and then went to Florence) Italy, where he spent sev- eral yeavg -cultivating his voice. While a student Florence he claimed Miss Elizabeth Curtis of San Francisco as his bride. Later O'SULLIVAN and his wife went to England and France, where the singer continued his studies. He his debut in Dublin, Ire: He was an ovation in Dub- ond started upon a very successful rter. Ifc sang in nearly all the larger Cities of Europe and England, and everywhere met with, spcceos. Jle always sang Irish ballads add rapidly climbel the la-lUcr fame. He created the role of Shamus O'Brien in Villiers Stanford's OPERA of that' name and staued in tlmt OPERA all United State and Europe. Ifa only London recent ly and signed a contract to sing for five years in the Irish cemedy, "Peggy Ma- written to him by his wife -He nlowsct i. Chicago in this successful opoia whwn lie was stricken with appendicitis and entered the Cirant hospital in Columbus, The deceased was a member of the Bohemian club in San Francisco and tl.-j Lainb.'s club in New York, and was a favorite in both clubs. He leaves tx mourn Ms loos, besides thousands of admirers, a loving wife, three children, now 'in London; two brothers, J. B O'SULLIVAN of this city and Joe O'Sullivan of London, England;
[The Reno Evening Gazette on Saturday, February 01, 1908 (Reno, Nevada)]

..... and his youngest child, Bridget, or "Bid- as she was called by her Irish-loving father, having ar rived at the A, B, C age. The O'Sullivans moved in a delightful circle in LONDON, and their home was the Mecca of all visiting Californians who there enjoyed the privilege of meeting distinguished people not 
...  One of their was Sar- American crayon sketch which Sargent made of DENIS O'Sullivan is far and away the best portrait of the most intimate 'friends gent, the great portrait painter. 
...  the death was first received that the body would of course be brought to O'Sullivan's_home for burial. But I hear that both husband and wife had an under- standing that in the event of death calling for either of them the final resting place was to be in a little graveyard in an English village [=Britwell Salome] where the O'Sullivans have for years spent their summers. So it is in acordance with his expressed desire that the funeral services will not be held here. Mrs. Thomas Magee Sr., who is a sister of Mrs. O'Sullivan, hopes shortly to join her bereaved sister in LONDON but the delicate health of her only child will not permit her making the journey at present. The papers have stated that Mr. O'Sullivan met his wife, ELIZABETH CURTIS, while he was studying abroad, and that their marriage was the result of a studio courtship, while both were training under the best masters. But as a matter of fact the CURTIS and the O'Sullivan families have been on terms of close intimacy since _pioneer days and "Bessie" CURTIS and "Xeeley" O'Sullivan had formed an attachment before either of them went abroad to study. Fate has not prolonged the married, happiness of any of the CURTIS girls. Mrs. Paul Gowles, wife of the manager of the Associated Press in San Francisco, died several years ago. Thomas Magee Sr. died not long after his second marriage and his widow makes her home with her parents. 
And now ELIZABETH CURTIS O'Sullivan is a widow, too, after a decade of married happiness which was an yrleal partnership, for Mrs. O'Sullivan not only wrote plays in which her husband scored a great success but she was his business manager, stage manager and a charming wife and Town Talk. sider him ter. a Let- 
The death of DENIS O'Sullivan has cast a shadow over-society and the relatives of the talented actor-singer are prostrated wit'i grief. His sister, Mrs. Sutro, who was Mollie O'Sullivan, started for New York as soon as she received the telegram reporting her brothers death, but at Reno another telegram intercepted he saying that Mrs. O'Sullivan would siil at once for England with her husband's body and it would be impossible for any one to reach New York in time to see her. So Mrs. O'Sullivan goes alone with the remains to London, where her three children ...
[The Oakland Tribune on Saturday, February 08, 1908 (Oakland, California)]

* This week Mrs. James Marvin CURTIS: want of rice ls for the soldiers through the season. ....
 Mrs. Oscar Sutro is one of the matrons of the smart set who Is lending her lovely Piedmont home to that new phase of social intercourse which the presence of the army set about haa It'it, really to Mrs. DENNIS O'Sullivan, that unusually charming and gifted woman, the sister-in-law of Mrs. Sutro, that honors of conceiving the hospitable plan are accorded. Mrs. O'Sullivan arrived in California last whiter from her home in London, where she was a prominent figure in the military life of the English capital and where she had an opportunity of witnessing many interesting phases of the world war. She realized how much the men missed their broken social Intercourse when in the campa and how great a joy it was to them to put aside their military talk lor a little and form new friendships or cement older acquaintances. And so under her ....
[The Oakland Tribune on Friday, June 08, 1917 (Oakland, California)]

* Marvin CURTIS Jr. announced this afternoon at a luncheon by the bride-elect at. her home on Warring street. Boih M.iss ITengstler nnd her fiance- have been attending the Da.vls Agricultural College, and tho romance Mr. and I. C. Hoffpauir and J. C. Sp.irKs nnd daughters Misses Alma nnd Mmy Sparks, motor- PIMI--OI- Jam-s R. live- filed a report 10 mid-vnile.y points yesterday, vis- this mornim- in. the superior court up- i'ing during the evening hours in; on ;he os'.jitc of the late Thomas C. Sacrn.inento. n -oiwM-ty in Yolo count its beginning when tho two met at i l J Hunt, showing tho appraised value of estate to DC consisting of The inher- tax upon tho estate which is Miss divided among t.hreo sisters amounts belongs to a well known family in the bay region. She is a charming girl and a favorite among the younger sot. CURTIS is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin CURTIS of San and a of Mrs. DENNIS O'Sullivan. No date has been _ to which resulted in tho engagement had' set for the wedding 
[The Woodland Daily Democrat on Monday, April 18, 1921(Woodland,California)]

Before the earthquake and fire of 1906 The Art Students' League of San Francisco occupied the top floor of an old building at No 8 Montgomery Avenue (now Colombus Avenue), near the junction of Montgomery and Washington Streets. The premises had once been The Brokers' Exchange, later the old Probate Court-room, where the celebrated case of Laura D. Fair had been tried. With the removal of the Probate Court the building had deteriorated and the tenants were of a humbler kind - tailors, printers, a clairvoyante who sold canary birds.
A little more than twenty years before the earthquake, a number of rebellious art students, dissatisfied with the supposedly "academic" Art Association School (situated at that time on Pine Street between Montgomery and Kearny), had left it and formed a rival institution.
Unlike ordinary parents, The Art Association has a way of outliving offspring; but, unaware of the insecurity of their own tenure, the rebels of that day had elated possession of the handsome courtroom, with its ornate cornice and magnificent ceiling, and had divided it into separate studios by means of screens covered with dark-green burlap. A number of well-known San Franciscans were connected with that lively, now almost forgotten movement: Bruce Porter, the late Fred Yates, Theodore Wores, Miss Caldwell, Mrs. Hooker, Wilbur Rieser, the late Miss Laura Voorman were among the malcontents.
When, much later, the writer joined The Art Students' League, as a pupil of Mr. Wilbur Rieser's, Elizabeth CURTIS (now Mrs. Denis O'SULLIVAN) was Executive Secretary, and, shortly afterwards, Fred Yates and Arthur MATHEWS returned from abroad and taught there. 
We all took life seriously and worked hard; but we managed - as art students will the world over - to enjoy ourselves thoroughly. The lunch how saw us cooking on the store in the lifeclass room, chiefly frankfurters, which we served with French bread and beer, and our friends often came to join us on these merry occasions.
In 1893 Elizabeth Curtis and Denis O'Sullivan were married in London, and a year later I was chosen to take Mrs. O'Sullivan's place.
Miss Laura Voorman, a born painter, but never in good health, was the only of the original members of the League to remain to cheer us on, but a number of others had been added.
Those exceptionally talented cousins, Ella Wormser and Olga Ackerman, had both been members before I joined, and they, and they occasionally visited us; while among the newer members were Lucia Klinehans/Kleinhans (Mrs. Arthur MATHEWS), Geneve Rixford (Mrs. Sargent), the late Anne Bremer, Florence Lundborg, Louise Schwamm, Clara Huntington and many others, who helped to keep the classes going. I had my own pupils as well, children and adults. For a short time we had that prince of painters, the late Emil Carlsen, as chief critic, both during and after his term as Director of the Art Association School of Design; but neither he nor Mathews had studios in the same building...
....As the teachers had studios in another building close by, one of the few to survive the catastrophe of 1906, the position of Honorary Secretary was filled by any student who had sufficient time, energy, and initiative to undertake it. [Their studios were close by, in what was known as the Henry Pierce Building, at 728 Montgomery Street near Washington, where Theodore Wores had also established himself. This house survived the catastrophe of 1906.] It was in August  1894, while I was very new to this not wholly enviable responsibility, that a visitor was announced, and a moment later the curtains of my studio were pushed aside and a tall youth appeared. He crossed the room with that half- diffident, half-defiant air which I was to know so well, and growled out: "D'you give drawing lessons here ? I've been at the Art School but it's closed." 
I was instantly struck by his appearance, the awkward nonchalance of his manner. He was extremely handsome, lean as a wolf, with strong clear-cut features, a shock of untidy black hair, thick, sharply marked eyebrows, and large, brilliant, dark eyes. He had strolled into the room with his hat on the back of his head, and a straw between his teeth, which he kept there while he talked in a very deep voice, in short, clipped sentences. I was to realize later that he was shy, and that his rough manner and cocksure
air of self-sufficiency were simply a defensive armor. He looked not more..
[Arthur Putnam, Sculptor door Julie Helen Heyneman - 1932 - 190 pagina’s]
[Desert Cactus: The Portrait of a Sculptor door Julie Helen Heyneman - 1934]
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* ... sixty feet by sixty, on the north line of Commercial street, between Montgomery and Kearny streets. The lot was purchased by the firm of Curtis, ...
[Reports of Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of California - California Supreme Court, Bancroft-Whitney Company - 1876]
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