Colorado & Regional Art

Sunrise in Autumn on the Spanish Peaks

Sunrise in Autumn on the Spanish Peaks

Year c. 1890–1895

Artist Charles Partridge Adams (1858–1942, American)

Media oil on canvas

Dimensions 24 x 36 inches

Charles Partridge Adams was born in Franklin, Massachusetts on January 12, 1858. He moved to Colorado with his family during his teenage years in hopes of curing his sister’s tuberculosis (another sister had already died from it) in Colorado’s dry, sunny climate. Adams would become an important Colorado landscape artist known especially for his ability to depict the light and atmosphere of the Rocky Mountains and for his paintings of Estes Park and Longs Peak. He was primarily self-taught but gained wisdom from Colorado artists such as Helen Henderson Chain whom he worked for in Denver, and his friend and travel companion, painter Alexander Phimister Proctor. In 1902 Adams moved to Estes Park with his wife and three boys, and the family began construction on their home and studio called the “Sketch Box,” completed in 1905. Charles Partridge Adams was a charter member of the Denver Artists’ Club in 1893 and an important contributor to Colorado’s art history.

ON VIEW in Art Nouveau Gallery 4

Signature Signed "Charles Partridge Adams" lower left corner

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2012.0236