Back to the Artist Page

William Adam Biography

Born in Tweedmouth, England, Adam studied under Delecluse in Paris, Brydall and Greenlees in Glasgow, and in Buenos Aires before immigrating to Boston in the latter part of the 19th century.  After moving to California in 1894, he settled in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula.  Known as “Professor” Adam, he gave art lessons in his rose-covered cottage at 450 Central Avenue.  With a bright and colorful palette of both oil and watercolor, he specialized in views of the Monterey area such as sand dunes, cottage and garden scenes, and the local flora.  Adam exhibited at the Del Monte Art Gallery near his home as well as at the California State Fair in Sacramento where his work was awarded medals, and the California Artists exhibition at the Golden Gate Park Museum in 1916.  Adam died in Pacific Grove on October 17, 1931.