Charles George Blake was born in Devonshire, England in 1866, but spent most of his life in the United States. Three years after his birth in 1866, Blake and his family left Lundy Island, off Devonshire, England, for America and settled in Rhode Island.
He studied at the Cowles Art School in Boston the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Art Academy, receiving several awards for his student paintings. In 1886, at age 20, he won honorable mention from the institute for his still life of the family attic.
In 1892, he set aside art for a successful business career. Heart trouble forced Blake into semi-retirement in 1926 to his winter home at 1101 22nd Ave. N, and returned to art. "For Charles, painting was the realizati
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