Charles Adams Platt (1861 - 1933)
Brittany Quai, 1883
Oil on canvas
15 x 21 7/8 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: C. A. PLATT. 83
Inscribed on period label verso: Brittany Quai / Mr. C A PLATT
Period Watts frame
Private Collection, Washington, DC
Born in New York City, Charles Adams Platt was a major contributor to the American arts throughout his long career. He studied first at the National Academy of Design, then at the Art Students League in New York and in Paris at the Academie Julian. He began his career as an etcher, later focusing on landscape painting. Platt was a part of the Cornish Colony in New Hampshire, which was considered to be an American Arcadia. According to Platt, an artist should interest ones sense of the beautiful and make that his great object.
Platt's natural interest in the land as opposed to the figure led to a highly successful career as a landscape designer and architect. Platt designed both the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Lyman Allyn Museum in Connecticut, amongst many important commissions.
During his career Platt received many awards, including the bronze medal from the Paris Exposition of 1900. He was a full member of the Society of American Artists (1888), the National Academy of Design (Associate, 1897: Academician, 1911), the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Institute of Architects, the New York Etching Club and the London Society of Painter-Etchers.