Charles Albert Browne was born in London, England on April 30, 1864. Browne (originally Brown) studied art in London with his father, John Brown, and at the Royal Academy. Coming via Ensenada, Mexico, he arrived in Los Angeles in 1892. He supported himself and his family by painting Banning's stagecoach lines and miniatures for Henry Huntington and others. During 1897-1902 he lived in San Francisco where he painted the portraits of several prominent citizens. Returning to Los Angeles, he was active there until the death of his wife in 1919. During 1919-37 he was again in San Francisco, but then returned to Los Angeles where he died on Dec. 4, 1946. Exh: Fairmont Hotel (SF); Biltmore Salon (LA).
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