Francis Coates Jones (1857–1932)
Francis Coates Jones was destined to be an artist. The brother of landscapist Hugh Bolton Jones, Francis only recognized his innate talent while abroad at the American artist’s colony at Pont-Aven in 1876. From there, he enrolled at Paris’s famous École des Beaux-Arts and later the Académie Julian. The artist returned to New York in the early 1880s and quickly rose to prominence in the arts, holding leadership posts at the National Academy of Design and Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, he served as a dedicated teacher at both the Art Students League and National Academy. Jones was awarded prizes by the National Academy, St. Louis Exposition, and Pan-Pacific Exposition of 1915. His works may be seen at the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Wichita Art Museum.