Photography Credit:

Charles M. Capps
Birth Date:
Death Date: 1981

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Charles Merrick Capps, nicknamed “Chili” was born in Jacksonville, Illinois where his father was a clothing manufacturer, working worked in the mills during his summer vacations. Capps went to Illinois College in Jacksonville, graduating in 1920 and then attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Returning to Jacksonville, he married Anna Palmer and the couple moved to Wichita to work for Western Lithograph. Shortly after, he returned to Illinois, taking an advertising job in Springfield. Then they move to San Francisco, where Capps worked as a free-lance advertising artist until 1925, when he returned to Wichita and a promotion at Western Lithograph. Soon he began experimenting with woodcuts and etchings. Capps became known for his subtle tonal variations in aquatints. He created his own plates, and turning out editions of about 100, signed and numbered each one in pencil. In total he completed about 80 prints, of which half are aquatints, a third etchings and dry points and the others are block prints and lithographs.