Charles Caryl Coleman

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Not to be confused with Charles Coleman (disambiguation).
The b/w version of a portrait of Charles Caryl Coleman by Oliver Ingraham Lay, ca. 1876

Charles Caryl Coleman (1840, Buffalo, New York–1928, Capri, Italy) was an American-born Italian painter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Coleman studied art under William Holbrook Beard "and an itinerant painter, Andrew Andrews whose real name was Isaacs." Between 1859 and 1862, Coleman studied in Paris under Thomas Couture, returning during the American Civil War to serve with the Union Army during which he was seriously wounded and recovered in New York City. He returned to Europe in 1866 with fellow painters William Morris Hunt and Elihu Vedder.[1] In 1865, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.


After time in Paris and Brittany, he moved to a Roman apartment previously occupied by poet John Keats before finally settling in Capri.[1] He converted the former Santa Teresa convent into Villa Narcissus in 1870. A part of the villa was dedicated to a "palace of art" with antiquities and his own paintings.[2] The villa was later purchased from him by Rose O'Neill, his friend and also an American artist. O'Neill permitted Charles to live out the remainder of his days there,[3] and he remained at the Villa until his death.

His work was exhibited in the United States and England.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Charles Coleman - Artist, Fine Art, Auction Records, Prices, Biography for Charles Caryl Coleman". Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived June 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "St. Ignatius Loyola, A Pictorial History and Walking Guide of New York City's Church of St. Ignatius Loyola". 1999, cited on church website. Retrieved 2014-08-07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Yount, Sylvia (2015). "Enduring Legacy: the J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art". VMFA illustrated publication. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Cover photo, 9. 

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