Charles Craig

(1846 - 1931)


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Charles Craig

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Charles Craig b. 1846 Ohio d. 1931 Colorado Springs, Colorado At 19, he traveled up the Missouri River as far as Fort Benton, Montana.

During 1865-1869, he explored, sketched and lived with Indian tribes. He realized he needed to further his technical skills in order to record his experiences accurately.

He returned to Ohio and set up a studio in Zanesville, where he painted portraits at $75.00 each to earn enough money to finance his art education. He studied for a year at the PA Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1881 he traveled west stopping in Taos, and settling in Colorado Springs where he remained for the next 50 years, venturing often to the Ute reservation in Southwestern Colorado. Many of his paintings were lost in 1895 due to a fire in the old Antler’s Hotel. paraphrased from AskArt