Harris, Charles Xavier

Charles Xavier Harris (1856 – 1936) was a painter, craftsperson and art restorer.

Harris was born 1856 in Foxcroft, Maine. He spent his childhood in Minneapolis from where he did a lot of traveling in the United States with his father.

Harris studied in Paris in 1875 at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts and with Alexandre Cabanel. He also traveled in Spain, Italy, and North Africa; by 1882, he returned to the United States, settling in New York City. There he acquired a modest reputation for Italian immigrant genre scenes and paintings of historical Colonial Dutch subjects, an interest that likely led him to the profession of his later years, which was restoration, copying and conservation of historical paintings.

He was elected to The Lambs on January 19, 1891. His portrait of fifth Shepherd John Riker Brady is one of the finest oil paintings in the collection.

Harris died in 1936.