(1858 - 1932)
Charles Atherton Cumming was active/lived in Iowa, California, Illinois. Charles Cumming is known for portrait, landscape, figure, mural.
Biography Charles Cumming
Born in Rochester, Illinois to parents of French and Scottish descent, Charles Cumming became a leading painter in Iowa and also a key figure in establishing art related studies. He studied briefly at Reading College Academy in Abingdon, Illinois, and then enrolled at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. His talent was evident, and he was encouraged to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and there studied with Lawrence C. Earle. In 1880, he returned to Cornell College and began an art teaching affiliation at a time when Iowa was very much a pioneering state and little art education was available. He was not officially on the faculty, but rented a basement room for a studio and gave private lessons to interested students.
In 1885, h
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