Artist Biography

Charles Joseph CARLSON
1860 - 1929

Charles Joseph Carlson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden of American parents on October 20, 1860. At age nine he came to the United States with his family and settled in San Francisco. He began drawing as a child and at age fourteen entered the School of Design where he studied under Virgil Williams. A brilliant student, at seventeen he was appointed by the school's committee to assist Professor Williams in teaching. In 1885 he spent one year as a teacher at the Sacramento School of Design, but then returned to San Francisco to devote more time to portraiture at his studio at 523 Pine Street. Carlson died in San Francisco of syphilis at Laguna Honda Hospital on August 25, 1929. As well as portraits, his work also includes landscapes and still lifes. Exhibited: School of Design, 1876 (silver medal), 1877, 1882 (gold medals); California State Fair, 1886 (silver medal); Mechanics' Institute Fair, 1884, 1890 (premiums); San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1889; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1900; Bohemian Club, 1902. Works held: Bohemian Club; California Historical Society.

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