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Platt, Charles Adams (16 October 1861–12 September 1933), artist and architect, was born in New York City, the son of John Henry Platt, a corporate lawyer, and Mary Elizabeth Cheney. Born into a comfortable and cultured family, Platt became interested in the arts at a young age. In 1879, while on summer vacation, he was introduced to the newly revived fine art of etching by Stephen Parrish, a Philadelphia artist and one of the leaders of the etching revival. Platt’s early experiments in this medium earned him the epithet of “the boy etcher,” critical acclaim, and financial success. For most of his etchings, he chose marine landscapes, in which he explored the interaction of light, water, and atmosphere. Although he continued to etch throughout his life, Platt also studied painting from 1878 to 1882 at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York. Dissatisfied with the instruction in New York, he traveled to Paris in 1882 for five years of training, first on his own and later at the Académie Julian. He concentrated on figure study in Paris but eventually returned to his love of landscape, winning in 1894 the prestigious Webb Prize for landscape painting from the Society of American Artists. In 1886 he married Annie C. Hoe, who died in childbirth losing twin girls the following year. Platt subsequently married Eleanor Hardy Bunker, the widow of painter ...