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Charles Partridge Adams ( 1858–1942 )


Charles Adams moved from Massachusetts to Denver in 1876 at the age of 18.  A year later he began working at the Chain and Hardy bookstore, where he received encouragement for his artistic interests from Helen Henderson Chain, who had been a pupil of the noted artist, George Inness.

Adams was largely self-taught, experimenting with different styles and techniques and continuing to use those that best served his vision and his subject matter. His paintings were first exhibited publicly in Denver in 1886, and he exhibited work in both local and national shows. In 1893 Adams established his first Denver studio, and began to paint watercolors in addition to oils.

In 1900, Charles Adams began renting a studio in Estes Park during the summer months, and in 1905 he built a studio there called "The Sketchbox" on Fish Creek Road, a building which still stands. Many paintings were purchased there by visitors to nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, and taken home to all parts of the country, and even abroad.  He was so successful that by the end of the summer he was able to pay off the cost of the studio building and the land upon which it stood.

Besides traveling extensively in the Colorado Rockies, he traveled to New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming. He was also widely known for his landscape paintings of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

In 1917 Adams became quite ill and spent the winter in Los Angeles. He purchased a home there in 1920, and bought a second home in Laguna Beach in 1926. Since paintings of the Colorado Mountains were not in demand in California, he primarily painted coastal scenes and a few of the California Mountains, continuing to paint some Colorado scenes from memory for sale in Colorado.

In California Adams never achieved the success he had enjoyed in Colorado and the mountain west, though he continued to paint until his death in 1942.


Artist Works

Lot 7
Charles Partridge Adams (1858–1942)
Majestic Peaks (The Grand Tetons) ()
oil on canvas
12 x 10 in
Lot 116
Charles Partridge Adams (1858–1942)
Grand Teton from Jenny Lake ()
oil on canvas
24 x 20 in