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Savage, Charles Roscoe, 1832-1909 (photographer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1832 - 1909

Biography

Charles Roscoe Savage was born in Southampton on August 16th 1832. At the age of fourteen he became a Mormon. He emigrated to the USA in 1858, initially working for Elder Stenhouse, a photographer, in New York City. He left for Nebraska in 1859. He opened a studio in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1860. He moved to Salt Lake City and formed a partnership with Marsena Cannon, opening the 'Pioneer Art Gallery'. When Cannon left the partnership circa 1861, Savage went into business with George Ottinger. In 1869 Savage photographed the joining of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad at Promentory Point. In 1870 he accompanied Brigham Young on a photographic trip through the Zion Canyon area. Savage's partnership with Ottinger broke up in 1870. In 1879 Savage toured England. He retired in 1906. The business was continued by his sons. Savage died in 1909 (Johnson 1990, pp.552-553).

Sources:

Johnson, William S. (1990), 'Nineteenth-century photographers: an annotated bibliography 1839-1879'. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

 Item

Salt Lake City from Prospect Hill, 1885

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3089C/84
Scope and Contents

275 x 225 mm. A view looking down on to the expanding town, with the snow-capped Sawatch Mountains in the distance. Having arrived in this barren spot in June 184, Brigham Young surveyed the area, and ordered the city to be built on 10 acre lots, with streets 132 feet wide. In this print, housing can be seen spreading outwards from Temple Square, the centre of the city. The partially completed Temple and the Tabernacle can be seen at the right of the picture (see Y3089C/85).

Dates: 1885
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Temple Block, Salt Lake City, 1885

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3089C/85
Scope and Contents

280 x 224 mm. An interesting photograph of Temple Square before its completion. At the right can be seen the shell of the Temple, built between 1853 and 1893, with granite walls six feet thick and barred to non-believers in the Mormon faith. To its left is the Tabernacle, completed in 1867, with a roof shaped like the upturned hull of a boat. Beyond this are the spires and turrets of the Assembly House.

Dates: 1885
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).