Despite his many dark-toned nocturnes, Charles Rollo Peters is one of the more colorful artists of Monterey-s early years. A native Californian, he studied with both Jules Tavernier and Virgil Williams before going to Paris to attend the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. While visiting Brittany, he remarked that a particular scene appealed to him more in late evening than in the broad daylight. It was the turning point for an artist who would later become known for his nocturnes.
After journeying south from S.F. in the mid 1890-s to the Monterey Peninsula, Peters was taken with its coastal beauty and its crumbling Spanish-era adobes. In Monterey he made his home on a 30-acre estate, (a neighborhood now known as Peters Gate) and it was there that he lavishly entertained his bohemian and society friends from the city. The partying brought many new faces to the Central Coast, but it also led to Peters- eventual descent into bankruptcy and alcoholism. His many nocturnes of the old homes in the area had led to him being affectionately called "The Prince of Darkness."
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