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Charles Codman

Portland, Maine 1800

Portland, Maine 1842

Luce Artist Biography

Charles Codman apprenticed to the Boston painter John Ritto Penniman, whose work also appears in this collection. In the 1820s, Codman established a studio in Portland, Maine, where he created military standards, signs, and Masonic aprons. Critics encouraged him to paint landscapes, and he created many images of the Maine countryside. Codman exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum for several years and, through advertisements, invited “Ladies . . . Gentlemen . . . and Strangers” to visit his home and see his work. (Sloat, ed., Charles Codman: The Landscape of Art and Culture in 19th-century Maine, 2002)