A native of Natick, Massachusetts, landscape and mural painter Charles Francis Browne would become associated with the Chicago art scene for much of his professional life.
He had trained at the Boston Museum School before gaining acceptance to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1885, where he studied under Thomas Eakins, considered one of the most prolific Realist painters in American art history. He next traveled to Paris to study at the Academie Julian under Jean Leon Gerome, another legendary painter of the Academic school in France.
By the early 1890s he had returned to the United States where he journeyed into the American West with his friends Hermon Atkins MacNeil, a noted sculptor, and Hamlin Garland, a writer. They visited many Native American reservations in Arizona and New Mexico, and what Browne witnessed in these locations would serve as his subject matter for subsequent works in the years to come.
He continued to travel, when he served as the Assistant Art Commissioner in South America to Buenos Aires and Santiago, and played a strong role in the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915, where he was awarded for his submissions.
He was an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago, and maintained a studio in the city. He served as a founder of the "Brush and Pencil Club" and was a President of the Chicago Society of Artists, as well as a member of the Western Society of Artists. He was also a founding member of the Eagle's Nest Art Colony in Illinois, and spent many summers in the area, right up until his final summer in 1919.
His works are in several museum collections, including the Wright Museum of Art in Wisconsin and the Union League Club of Chicago.