Charles Hamilton Owens Chalk Drawing California Desert Scene P647 SOLD

Dedicated to Everett Maxwell, Director of the Museum of History, Science and Art in Los Angeles 9 that was later split into the Natural History Museum and LACMA, dated August 1, 1930. Executed in red chalk on paper, this is a fluent, lively and assured piece of work.

Painter, illustrator. Born in San Francisco, CA on Feb. 16, 1881, Owens was drawing at an early age and began his art career as an office boy in his native city for the Examiner. At that newspaper were illustrators Harrison Fisher, Homer Davenport, and Jimmy Swinnerton who taught him the rudiments of illustration. He spent one year at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute. After the 1906 earthquake, he settled in Los Angeles as an employee of the Times. Maintaining a studio on Mt Washington, he painted desert scenes in his leisure. The book Nuestro Pueblo, Los Angeles City of Romance is amply illustrated with his sketches. Owens died in Los Angeles on March 3, 1958.

He is particularly noted for his illustrations for “Nuestro Pueblo – Los Angeles, City of Romance” by Joseph Seewerker, Houghton Mifflin & Co 1940, of which we have a first edition in the store.