Charles J. DICKMAN (1863-1943)

“At any time during the past forty years, not to have known jovial and versatile, Charley Dickman and his boldly painted marines, landscapes and portraits, would have been to confess oneself a stranger to San Francisco’s far-famed Bohemian Club; for in addition to confining most of the exhibitions of his art to the Club’s annual shows, he has been and still is a prop of its more festive activities. Often an actor in its Grove Plays, director of many a hilarious Low Jinks and contributor to its permanent art collection, he was, for ten years, a Club director and Art Committee chairman. Today, at the age of 73, his brushes laid aside, this Nestor of Bohemia less frequently occupies one of the seats of honor reserved for the dwindling “Old Guard” of artists in the Club’s “Amen Corner” with Will Starks, Theodore Wores, and Martinez, to toast the shades of their departed compadres, Keith, Hill, Strong, Rix, Putnam, Yelland, Cadenasso, Peters, and Joullin.”

Read Charles J. Dickman, california’s painter of sunshine, biography in California Art Project, volume 10.

At a glance

Birth : May 14, 1863, in Demmin (Germany)
Death : October 24, 1943, in San Francisco, California (United States)
Arrival in San Francisco Bay area : 1882
Married to : Grace Peterson (1887-1901); Carlotta Upton (1907-?)
Skills : Lithographer, painter and muralist


Art education, teachers : Virgil Williams at the SF School of Design; Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant in Academy Julian (Paris); Academy Colarossi (Paris); Carl Marr in Munich Art Academy
Partners : Glen Jones et Michael Hettrick at the Dickman-Jones-Hettrick Lithograph Company; Newton Tharp
Relations : Robert Aitken, Giuseppe Cadenasso, Ambrose Bierce, William A. Coulter, Maynard Dixon, Tudley Hardy, Tony Hellman, Thomas Hill, Chris Jorgensen, Amedee Joullin,  William Keith, Xavier Martinez, Arthur Matthews, Francis J. McComas Eugene Neuhaus, Dan O’Connell,  Jules Pages, Orrin Peck, Charles R. Peters, Andree Putnam, Julian Walbridge Rix, Will Starks, Joseph Strong, John Stanton, Theodore Wores, Raymond D. Yelland
Patrons : Jimmy Phelan, Joseph D. Grant, San Francisco Art Association
Institutions, clubs, venues : Bohemian Club, Club Jinks, San Francisco Art Association


1899 Colerossi Academy(Paris, France)
1899 Paris Salon
1900 Paris Salon
1901-1937 Bohemian Club (San Francisco, almost exclusively every year)
1916 Panama-Pacific Exposition, Post Exhibition, 1916 (San Francisco)

Resources in the Bancroft Library

Dickman, Charles John. The Bancroft Company. BANC PIC 19xx.176–FR. Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley


Selections from the James D. Phelan Papers: Committees, Clubs and organizations; 1906 – 1910: Bohemian Club, San Francisco Annual Reports. BANC MSS C-B 800, Carton 8:1.
Selections from the James D. Phelan Papers: Correspondence: Outgoing Letters; 1907, Sep. – Dec. BANC MSS C-B 800, Box 92:7
Finding Aid

Pictorial Archives

Hotel Brewster: Cor. Fourth & C St’s. [San Diego, Calif.]. Dickman-Jones Co, creator. BANC PIC 2000.034–PIC.  Catalog record
[Fruit box label from Red Rose Brand Raisins]: [packed by Rosedale Raisin Vineyard Co., Bakersfield, Calif.] Dickman-Jones Co, creator. BANC PIC 1978.127–A.  Catalog Record


Shields, Scott A (2006). Artists at Continent’s End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907. Berkeley, Calif: University of California press. Catalog Record

Data visualization : mapping of Charles J. Dickman’s biography

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