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Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909

 Person

Biographical History

C. R. Savage (1832-1909) was a photographer of the American West in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Charles Roscoe Savage, born August 16, 1832, in England, became one of the foremost 19th century landscape photographers of the western United States, as well as a renowned studio portrait photographer, with his studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. The idea to emigrate from England to Utah undoubtedly began shortly after his 1848 baptism and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Savage's immigration in 1856 to New York marked the beginning of his known interest in establishing a photography business. On assignment from the Church he traveled to Florence, Nebraska. His family subsequently joined him in 1860 and Savage established a primitive studio in Council Bluffs, Nebraska. Finally, the family made their way across the country arriving in Salt Lake City on August 29, 1860. The next day he made business arrangements with Marsena Cannon, a daguerreotype photographer and owner of a studio on East Temple. In 1862, with Cannon's departure to St. George, Utah, Savage formed a partnership with George Martin Ottinger. Savage & Ottinger legally dissolved their firm in 1870, and that same year Savage formed the Pioneer Art Gallery, and in 1875, needing more space, he replaced it with the Art Bazaar.

On June 26, 1883, his Art Bazaar burned to the ground, with all of his negatives. After his death on February 3, 1909, another fire in 1911 destroyed all of the negatives from the last twenty-five years of his career. Although his sons continued to operate the business, the Art Bazaar closed its doors permanently on December 31, 1926.

Citation:
Harold B. Lee Library Website, website viewed Oct. 14, 2010: C.R. Savage Biography (born Aug. 16, 1832 in England; studio in Salt Lake City, Utah; baptized LDS Church 1848; immigrated to USA 1856; studio in Council Bluffs, Neb.; arrived in Salt Lake Aug. 29, 1860; worked with Marsena Cannon, 1860-1862; worked with Ottinger until 1870; replaced Pioneer Art Gallery with Art Bazaar, 1875; gallery burned June 26, 1883; died Feb. 3, 1909; fire in the workshop in 1911; Art Bazaar closed Dec. 31, 1926)

Bradley W. Richards, His The Savage view, 1995.

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

Photograph of Heber J. Grant

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8600
Scope and Contents

Framed, bust portrait photograph of Heber J. Grant. The photograph is a reproduction of an original. It is attributed to C. R. Savage. The original photograph is dated approximately 1890-1910. The reproduction is dated approximately 1920-1940.

Dates: between 1920 and 1940

C. R. Savage photographs and stereographs of Mormon historical sites

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3791
Scope and Contents Collection contains eight stereographs, including images of Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, Utah, scenes on the Union Pacific Railroad, Devil's Gate, Ogden Canyon, the Salt Lake City Temple, and the interior of the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. There are also photographs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints office in Liverpool, England, the Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah, the interior of the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, and the Salt Lake City Temple with the Brigham Young...
Dates: approximately 1890-1910

Photographs of Church officers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 112
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of officers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the 1860s to the 1980s.

Dates: approximately 1960-1989

C. R. Savage photographs of Salt Lake City, Utah

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3710
Scope and Contents This collection contains 14 various sized black and white photographs of scenes around Salt Lake City, Utah. Images include George Q. Cannon, the Salt Lake Temple, Brigham Young's grave, the Eagle Gate, the General Tithing Office, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Saltair Resort, Garfield Beach, and a few portraits of unidentified people. The majority of the photographs were taken by C.R. Savage, but others were taken by F.I. Monsen and Co., C.W. Carter, Ellis and Goodwin, B.B. Peterson, and G....
Dates: 1880-1899

C. R. Savage photograph of the funeral of President Wilford Woodruff

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 4208
Scope and Contents

This collection contains one photograph of the funeral of LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. Some of the LDS Apostles and the First Presidency can be identified on the stand, including Joseph F. Smith. Lorenzo Snow was speaking at the pulpit when the picture was taken.

Dates: 1898

Orville C. Roberts photographs, postcards, and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 211
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 116 photographs, postcards, and cartes-de-visite of the Roberts family and other families. These include the Stevens, Allen, Gibson, Biggs, Cooper, Steele, and Young families. Also includes one negative. Photographs were collected by Orville C. Roberts between the 1860s and the 1960s. Includes photographs by Savage and Ottinger, and C.W. Carter.

Dates: approximately 1860-1969

Savage and Ottinger photograph of Mormons at South Pass

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6169
Abstract

Photograph taken by Charles R. Savage of Mormons at South Pass, circa 1859.

Dates: circa 1859

C. R. Savage Canyon photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5935
Scope and Contents

This collection contains two 9.25" x 11.5", black and white C.R. Savage prints. One of the prints is labeled "Hanging Rock, American Fork Can[y]on, Utah" and the other is labeled "North Portal, Castle Gate Price Can[y]on, Utah D[enver] & R[io] G[rande] R[ail] R[oad]."

Dates: approximately 1885-1895

C. R. Savage cartes-de-visite of the joining of the rails

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4222
Scope and Contents This collection contains two carte-de-visites taken at Promontory Point, Utah during the Joining of the Rails ceremony which linked the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads to form the first transcontinental railroad in the United States on 10 May 1869. On the back of the carte-de-visites is written "Point of Junction of U.P. & C.P.R.R. [Union Pacific & Central Pacific Rail Roads]. Getting ready to lay the last rail" and "Driving last spike U.P. & C.P.R.R.R.s. Promontory...
Dates: 1869

C. R. Savage diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1424
Scope and Contents

The diaries contain notes and comments on business, descriptions of many journeys around the West and commentaries on the religious and social life of the period.

Dates: 1855-1909