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By Danielle Peltakian

On April 10, 1862, Charles Rollo Peters was born in San Francisco, CA. He later enrolled at the San Francisco School of Design under the instruction of Virgil Williams (1830-1886) and Chris Jorgensen (1860-1935). He also privately studied with artist Jules Tavernier (1844-1889). In 1886, he traveled to Paris where he enrolled at the École des Beaux Arts under Jean-Léon Gérome (1824-1904) and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911) and later at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger (1824-1888) and Lefebvre. At the time, he was one of the few Americans to regularly exhibit at the Paris Salon. In 1890, he returned to California where he married before traveling back to Europe for a four-year stay. He eventually settled in Monterey, CA, where he opened a 30-acre property known as “Peters Gate.” After both his first wife and daughter tragically died, Peters remarried and sold his Monterey home before traveling again to Europe. When he and his second wife returned, they settled in San Francisco, CA. Peters died on March 1, 1928.


  • 1885, 1890 Mechanic’s Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1888 Munich
  • 1889 Paris Salon
  • 1891-1923 San Francisco Art Association
  • 1899 Union League Club
  • 1901 Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, NY
  • 1904 Lotus Club
  • 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis
  • 1904 Salmagundi Club
  • 1904 Cincinnati and Boston
  • 1907-1912 Del Monte Gallery
  • 1909 Alaska-Yukon Exposition, Seattle, WA
  • 1909-1923 Bohemian Club
  • 1915 Golden Gate Park Museum
  • 1968 Colton Hall, Monterey, CA
  • 1972 Oakland Museum, CA
  • Collections

  • Bohemian Club
  • California Historical Society
  • De Young Museum
  • Monterey Peninsula Museum
  • Oakland Museum
  • Society of California Pioneers
  • Awards

  • 1901 Bronze Medal Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, NY
  • 1904 Prize, Lotus Club
  • 1904 Silver Medal, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis
  • 1904 Medal, Salmagundi Club
  • 1904 Medals, Cincinnati and Boston
  • Memberships

  • Bohemian Club, San Francisco
  • Carmel Colony
  • Lotus Club
  • San Francisco Art Association
  • Bibliography

    1. 1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 2486.
    2. 2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed.,Vol. I, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 872.
    3. Updated 5/3/07.

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