Charles Hovey Pepper

American , 1864 - 1950

Painter and woodblock printmaker, Charles Hovey Pepper was born in 1864. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 1889. He received an education in art in New York and in Paris at the Academie Julian.

In 1912, Pepper became a member of the Boston Art Club. He was also a member of “The Four Boston Painters”, a group founded in 1913 by Carl Gordon Cutler. In 1913, the group exhibited at the Reed Gallery and the Armory Show in New York City. In 1917, Pepper became the Director of the Exhibitions Committee of the Boston Art Club. In 1918, he began the annual exhibitions of the New England Artists’ Series.

While in Paris in the early 1900’s, Pepper began collecting Japanese woodblock prints. He continued to do so, after spending several months in Japan, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Pepper returned to Boston in 1904. His extensive collection of prints, along with some of his own original prints, were eventually donated to Colby College and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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