biography of John Austin Sands MONKS (1850-1917)

Birth place: Cold Spring, NY

Death place: Chicago, IL

Addresses: Medfield, MA

Profession: Painter, etcher

Studied: etching, G.N. Cass; painting, G. Inness.

Exhibited: Boston AC, 1875-1909; NAD, 1883-95; SC, 1883; Brooklyn AA, 1884; PAFA Ann., 1884, 1887-91, 1896-97; NY Etching Club, 1880s; AWCS; AIC, 1891,1897-98, 1900; Parrish AM, 1984 ("Painter-Etchers" exh.)

Member: Boston AC; Copley Soc., 1892; NY Etching Club

Work: BMFA ("Sheep," his best known painting); Parrish Mus.; NYPL; Adirondack Mus.

Comments: He became famous for his oils and etchings of sheep and was called "The American Schenck and Jacque." (He began etching in 1883.) He kept a studio in Conanicut, RI, where he raised sheep, and could view them in their corrals below his large studio windows.

Sources: WW15; American Painter-Etcher Movement 34; Falk, Exh. Record Series.