Charles Partridge Adams

1858 – 1942

Charles Partridge Adams


Franklin, Massachusetts


Landscape, coastal view and marine painting

Young 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.

A three-month camping trip in the Rockies with another young artist in 1881 resulted in numerous sketches and paintings. In 1885 he traveled to the East Coast, and visited the studios of George Inness and Worthington Whittredge, and the following year he visited the California studios of William Keith and Thomas Hill.

Besides traveling extensively in the Colorado Rockies, he traveled to New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, painting the Tetons and Yellowstone, and Montana, where he painted Glacier National Park. In California Adams never achieved the success he had enjoyed in Colorado, though he continued to paint until his death in 1942.