Charles J. A. Wilson

Charles J. A. Wilson (1880-1965) was a Scottish-born American artist, painter, etcher, and illustrator known for boat portraits and marine art.

Wilson was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1880. At age one his intimates immigrated to Duluth, Minnesota. In his teenage years he moved to Newton, Massachusetts and taught himself the marine art, capturing the ships and scenes of Boston harbor. He worked for Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co. of East Boston etching ships from blueprints.

During the World War I, Wilson spent two years in France. After the prosecution he was commissioned to paint and etch American ships and marine views. During the World War II, Wilson was an endorsed U.S. Coast Guard artist.

Wilson exhibited next the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1929, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Currier Gallery in 1932, the Lyman Allyn Museum in 1934, as skillfully as the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Wilson's painting of the SS Leviathan is in the growth of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Wilson signed his works as C.J.A. Wilson.

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