Charles Bradford Hudson Biography

Charles Bradford Hudson  (1865 - 1939)

     Painter, muralist, etcher. Born in Ollsprings, Ontario, Canada on Jan. 27, 1865, a descendant of William Bradford, colonial governor of Massachusetts and Chief Justice John Jay.

     After receiving a BA. degree from George Washington University, Hudson studied in NYC under George D. Brush and at the ASL under Wm M. Chase followed by work at Académie Julian in Paris. During the Spanish-American War, he served in the U.S. Infantry under Theodore Roosevelt.

     Upon moving to Pacific Grove, CA in 1903, he established a studio near Asilomar. A specialist in fish, he did many studies for the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. He authored two books (The Crimson Conquest and The Royal Outlaw) as well as many magazine articles. The August 1915 edition of Sunset magazine contains one of his stories which is amply illustrated with his etchings. Hudson died at his home in Pacific Grove on June 27, 1939.

     His oils include landscapes, marines, and desert scenes.

Member: Calif. Academy of Sciences; Bohemian Club; AFA; Carmel AA.

Exhibited: Bergen (Norway) Expo, 1898 (silver medal); Paris Expo, 1900 (medal); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1910; Santa Cruz Statewide annuals; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Bohemian Club, 1939; GGIE, 1939 (Mt San Jacinto).

In: Presidio of Monterey; Boston Museum; Royal Galleries of Sweden; Calif. Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park (murals); Dominion Gallery (New Zealand). AAA 1929-33; WWAA 1936-38; YAMP; SF Chronicle, 6-29-1939 (obit); DR.

Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”