Charles Webster Hawthorne is best known as the founder of the Cape Cod School of Art and as a painter of portraits. He was an American artist and teacher.
Hawthorne studied in the United States and abroad, at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York and in Holland and Paris. He considered his greatest influence, however, have come from William Merrit Chase, under whom he studied and whose style was very influential in Chase's work.
Charles Webster Hawthorne, as much as he is for his figurist paintings, is known for having been an accomplished teacher. Norman Rockwell was among his students. He founded the Cape Cod School of Art in the second decade of the 1900's and it became one of the most respected schools in the nation. Hawthorne had a accommodating teaching style that allowed his students to grow into their own methods. He gave lectures and offered art criticism at his school but they were free to explore their own techniques and to develop their own personal styles.
His works are held in many permanent collections, particularly among institutions on the East Coast where he was so influential in American art education.