Charles Roscoe Savage (August 16, 1832 – February 4, 1909) was a British-born landscape and portrait photographer most notable for his images of the American West. Savage converted to the Mormon Church in his youth while living in England. He served a Mormon mission in Switzerland and eventually moved to the United States. In America he became interested in photography and began taking portraits for hire in the East. He traveled to Salt Lake City with his family and opened up his Art Bazar where he sold many of his photographs. Savage concentrated his photographic efforts primarily on family portraits, landscapes, and documentary views. He is best known for his 1869 photographs of the linking of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah.
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Born 16 August 1832; died 3 February 1909. Savage came to America in 1857 and began to photograph in Florence, Nebraska in 1859. Savage settled in Salt Lake City, Utah and set up a studio in 1861. In 1866, Savage photographed his 9000 mile tour of North America. Savage travelled extensively along the transcontinental railroad photographing its construction. He photographed the completion of the railroad at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869. Savage also produced scenic views of the West in cartes-de-visites form. In the 1880s, Savage formed a partnership with a Denver, Colorado publisher Frank S. Thayer, to produce a series of guidebooks to Utah.
American, English, British
Artist, Photographer
Charles Roscoe Savage, Chas. R. Savage, C. R. Savage
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