Charles John Dickman (American, 1863-1943)
View of the Bohemian Grove, Monte Rio, California
Dedicated and signed "TO MY FRIEND J. ALLEN PARSONS / C. J. DICKMAN" l.r.
Oil on canvas, 40 x 22 in. (101.6 x 55.9 cm), in a period frame.
Condition: Retouch, surface grime.
N.B. Dickman was a member of the Bohemian Club which was established in 1872 as a salon for men interested in the arts. The founding members were all journalists for the San Francisco Chronicle, but membership quickly included artists such as fellow Tonalist painters William Keith, Xavier Martinez, Gottardo Piazzoni, and Giuseppe Cadenasso.
The Bohemian Grove, located in Sonoma County, was established six years after the club's founding to hold its annual meetings. Artistic performances have been central to the Grove and given it the character of a summer retreat. The present work depicts the Campfire Circle, which is one of six performance venues on site.
Both the club and grove continue to operate today, and membership includes such prominent political and business leaders as Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Colin Powell, and Charles R. Schwab.
J. Allen Parsons was an officer of The Sadik Club, a San Francisco literary art club similar to the Bohemian Club.
Broad washes of retouch both under and over varnish layer to all four quadrants, with the largest area spanning both u.l. and l.l. quadrants approx. 23 x 12 in. at extreme height and width; no additional condition issues to report.