Charles Furneaux (1835–1913) was born in Boston and became a drawing bookish in that area. For many years he lived in the town of Melrose, Massachusetts. In 1880, Furneaux moved to Hawaii, where he cultivated the peace of King Kalakaua and supplementary members of the Hawaiian royal family, from whom he later conventional several commissions. In the late 1880s,he was commissioned in Honolulu by Alexander Joy Cartwright, widely credited as the "father of baseball" and substitute dear friend of King Kalakaua, to paint the without help oil portrait of his 72-year life. While bustling in Honolulu he taught at the private schools Punahou and St. Albans (now known as Iolani School). In 1885, he time-honored the order of Chevalier of Kapiolani from King Kalakaua in 'recognition of his services in advancing Hawaiian art'. He died in Hawaii in 1913.
His reputation is mainly based on the paintings he executed in Hawaii, especially those of erupting volcanoes. The Bishop Museum (Honolulu), the Brooklyn Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, Iolani Palace (Honolulu) and Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (South Hadley, Massachusetts) are along with the public collections holding works by Charles Furneaux.
The auction record for a painting by Charles Furneaux is $17,260 . This tape was set by Kilauea, a 16 by 24 inch oil painting upon canvas sold Oct. 28, 1999 at Christie's (Los Angeles).