Charles Codman (1800-1842)

Charles Codman was a landscape and marine painter from Portland, Maine. He began as a painter of signs, clock faces, fire buckets, and fire screens (of which an example is in the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA). The art critic, John Neal, became aware of Codman’s work and encouraged him to take up landscape painting. After turning to landscape painting, Codman gained a large, distinguished patronage.

His works include:

  • Landscape, signed & dated lower left, 1828, oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 40 inches, Portland Museum of Art
  • View of the Notch in the White Mountains, 1830, Boston Athenaeum
  • Footbridge in the Wilderness, signed lower right, 1930, oil on canvas, 25 ½ x 38 ½ inches, Portland Museum of Art
  • Haymaker’s Noonday, 1835, oil on canvas, 19 x 22 ½ inches
  • View of the White Hills, Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (1838), Portland, Maine
  • Franconia Notch, oil, 21 5/8 x 27 ¾ inches, private collection
  • The Willey Slide, Conway, NH library