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Artist Biography

Born in Harwich, Massachusetts, Cahles D. Cahoon became known for his carefully detailed and peaceful landscapes and seascapes of Cape Cod. His father was a sea captain and amateur artist, and as a youngster, Charles copied his father’s sketches and made sketches from time spent at sea. The artist also maintained a studio in Boston where he studied photography, then a new art form, and earned a living retouching photographs until he turned to painting full time in 1900.

Carles D. Cahoon’s work is housed in the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA, and the Chatam Historical Society, Chatam, MA, among many other private and public collections. He died in Harwich in 1951.

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