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Charles Clair Sampson

 (1859 - 1927)
Charles Clair Sampson was active/lived in California.  Charles Sampson is known for barroom nude paintings.

Charles Clair Sampson

Born in Marysville, CA on August 28, 1859, Charles Sampson was the son of one of the four founders of Marysville and an amateur landscape painter.  Orphaned at an early age, the younger Sampson went to sea at age 15.

About 1880 he studied art in San Francisco at the School of Design and again in 1910-11.  For 25 years he supported his wife and 7 children by painting large nudes for the local barrooms.  The nudes were often veiled and signed with the initials "C.C.S."

His studio on Ringold Alley was destroyed in the earthquake of 1906.  He then abandoned fine art and was a house painter until his death in San Francisco on Nov. 23, 1927.

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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About  Charles Clair Sampson

Born:  1859 - Marysville, California
Died:   1927 - San Francisco, California
Known for:  barroom nude paintings