Charles J. Cook photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1920–1939
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

62 photographic prints of photographs of female nudes made by Chicago commercial artist Cook who was known for his watercolor paintings of nude human figures. Also included is assorted memorabilia related to the Tree Studio apartments and the other artists who lived there.

Biographical Historical Note

Charles J. Cook was a painter and photographer who specialized in nudes. He was a resident of Chicago’s Tree Studios building between at least 1908 and 1912, during which period he exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual exhibitions of watercolors and pastels and of art by Chicago artists.

Built in 1894 (with an annex in 1912–13) to provide living and working space for local artists, Chicago’s Tree Studios building was the oldest continuously operated artists’ studio-residence until the early 2000s, when the last of its resident artists left following the building’s acquisition by a commercial developer. It housed several generations of working artists and served as an important center of local art activity in Chicago.