GLEASON, Joe Duncan

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Duncan Gleason speaking to the Ventura County Boat Club
now the Ventura Yacht Club, February 26, 1955
Photo by Merrill Allyn
Courtesy of Don Mills
In 1950, Duncan Gleason wrote the second book on all eight California Channel Islands. C. F. Holder wrote the first in 1910.


GLEASON, Joe Duncan (1881-1959), California raised author, artist and illustrator particularly known for his marine scenes and paintings of ships. His enthusiasm for the sea was inherited from both sides of his sea-faring family. Gleason authored and illustrated two books on the California Channel Islands. His 1950 book, Islands of California, was only the second work devoted to the subject of all eight Channel Islands since C.F. Holder’s island book of 1910.



  • 1949. Gleason, Joe Duncan Catalina—The Isle of Summer Sea, the Pacific Yachting Magazine 13(1):18-20, January 1949
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1949. Gleason, Joe Duncan Catalina—The Isle of Summer [concluded] Sea, the Pacific Yachting Magazine 13(2):18-19, February 1949
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1949. Gleason, Joe Duncan Anacapa Island Sea, the Pacific Yachting Magazine 13(5):24-25, 52-54, May 1949
[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1950. Gleason, Joe Duncan Islands of California, their History, Romance and Physical Characteristics Sea Publications, Los Angeles, 1950


[original in SCIF archives]


  • 2003. Apostol, Jane Duncan Gleason. Artist, Athlete, and Author Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2003
[original in SCIF archives]





In the News~

October 1, 1924 [TI/Avalon]: “Joe Duncan Gleason, the talented artist, and his wife and mother, Mrs. Nellie Gleason, have returned to Los Angeles, after a two weeks stay in Avalon. It will be remembered that Mr. Gleason recently made a fine exhibit of paintings at the Hotel St. Catherine and also at the Catalina Island Yacht Club.”