Charles Adams Platt

American , 1861 - 1933

Painter, etcher, writer and architect, Charles Adams Platt was born in New York City in 1861. He studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York and at the Académie Julian in Paris with Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. Platt learned etching from Stephen Parrish in 1880 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He often depicted this geographical area in his etchings and from 1880 to 1890 he produced more than one hundred etchings.

Platt began working as an architect in 1916 through the patronage of William Astor. He designed the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C. and, delayed by WWI, the museum opened to the public in 1923. Platt was associated with the Old Lyme Art Colony and in 1914, when the original members incorporated as the Lyme Art Association, Platt designed the gallery for their summer exhibitions.

Platt was the recipient of numerous awards, including the bronze medal from the Paris Exposition of 1900. He was also a full member of the Society of American Artists, the National Academy of Design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Institute of Architects, the New York Etching Club and the London Society of Painter-Etchers.
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