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 Charles C. Redmond  (1850 - 1889)

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Lived/Active: Maine/Massachusetts      Known for: portrait, landscape painting

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Charles C. Redmond (1850-1889)

He was born in Solon, Maine, on April 8, 1850, the son of Peter and Nancy Redmond.  A Civil War Veteran, when only fifteen years of age he joined the United States Army, serving with company F, 2nd battalion, 17th infantry, at Hart's Island, New York, and at Detroit, Michigan.  His leisure moments were devoted to art study and improvement.  Like Maine sons Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson before him, Redmond was an observant young man and his experience during the war attended him throughout his life.  He was fond of relating little incidents of discipline to which the regulars were subjected and was quite an interesting writer; his descriptions of army life and trips to historical grounds served for a series of articles which he contributed to the Salem Gazette.

It was as an artist that Mr. Redmond was best known.  He came to Salem about 1876 and engaged initially in the business of sign and ornamental painting; he was an artist by nature and being a quiet, persistent worker he soon began to make a mark for himself with his sketches.  His ornamental painting on the Salem Fire Society wagon was widely known.  Redmond’s portraits began to attract attention and he gained prominence from his splendid likenesses of well-known Salem citizens.  One of his best portraits, however, was that of General Philip Sheridan now hung in the Salem City Council Chamber.

Although it is not known which artists he went to study under, Mr. Redmond visited Europe in 1883, spending a year training and visiting the works of the great masters.  He acquired a knowledge of French language and could speak it fluently.  He also had a knowledge of music and was fond of playing violin. Upon his return from France, Redmond painted landscapes directly from nature which were influenced by the Barbizon style.

Along with his friends, the brothers Frank Weston Benson and John Prentiss Benson, he was a significant contributor to the Annual Art Exhibitions of the Essex Institute during the 1880’s.  In 1939, on the 50th anniversary of his death, the Institute did a retrospective of Redmond’s works.  His paintings now hang at the successor institution, The Peabody Essex Museum.  

Charles Redmond died September 15, 1889 in Salem, Massachusetts, 7 months shy of his 40th birthday.  

Museum Collection:  Peabody Essex Museum
 

Information provided by Doug Nelson, art historian and collector.

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