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Charles Peterson

(1866 - after 1899)

Charles Peterson of Stockholm, Sweden, and Salt Lake City, Utah, arrived in Utah at the age of ten. Going to school in Payson, Utah, Peterson became known as "Painter Peterson," an affable sign painter, decorative specialist, and a talented easel artist as well. His friendship with William Charles "Billy" Morris, possibly George J. Maack, and other late nineteenth-century Salt Lake City decorative artists and sign painters, may have aided him in his own easel works (portraiture, still-life, and landscape views), few of which survive. He is also said to have been the great James Taylor Harwood's first art teacher. Prior to 1900, he maintained a Salt Lake City studio on First South Street and, later, on Richards Street. He won a Territorial State Fair medal for still-life painting in 1888, which is now in the Springville Museum of Art.

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