Charles Austin Danforth was born in Boston, MA. He was a member of the Boston Art Club and the Providence Art Club. He exhibited at the Boston Art Club (1881, 1882), the Paris Salon (1886, 1887, 1893), and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1888, 1890).
A White Mountain painting was exhibited at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association in 1874 titled Winnipiseogee Lake [sic]. He also exhibited a painting titled Mount Lafayette, Franconia Notch at Sundown in 1881 at the Boston Art Club.