- Charles Osgood (1809-1890) was a portrait painter from Salem who also worked briefly in Boston and New York City.
- His portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne is well known and shows Osgood at his best, mature style.
- His father was a ship master and Charles grew up in the prosperous atmosphere of Salem. He turned his back on a banking career to pursue painting in Boston. He became a student of Chester Harding, but was also influenced by Gilbert Stuart's style.
- Osgood remained active as a portrait painter until 1863, when his last known portrait was completed. He then turned his attention to the painting of landscapes until his death on Dec. 26, 1890, in Salem.
Essex Institute Historical Collections Vol. 102, no. 3 (July 1966) p. 203-212