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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Charles Christopher Krutch



— Knoxville History Project —

Charles Christopher Krutch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
1. Charles Christopher Krutch Marker
Inscription.  Born of German parents who settled in the area before the Civil War, Charles Christopher Krutch spent most of his life in Knoxville, the family home not far from here at 914 East Hill Avenue. Without formal training, Krutch worked throughout his life as a professional portrait photographer for several local studios.

Most summers, even up into his 80s, Krutch took a train to Sevierville, hopped on a wagon and headed up to the mountains, often spending weeks at a time living with mountain people, where he prepared sketches of the landscapes before returning to Knoxville to paint them. One of his favorite places to sketch was the Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Known for his atmospheric watercolors and oil paintings, Krutch painted with both brushes and fingers to achieve what has been dubbed "the changing 'moods' of the mountains," inspiring his nickname, the "Corot of the South."

Coming from a gifted musical family (one of his relatives played piano at the White House) Krutch also served as organist at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Church of the Epiphany, the precursor to St. James Episcopal Church on Broadway.
Marker detail: Charles Christopher Krutch image. Click for full size.
Courtesy McClung Historical Collection
2. Marker detail: Charles Christopher Krutch
He is buried in New Gray Cemetery.

Krutch Park is not named after this artist but rather his nephew, Charles Edward Krutch, a TVA photographer who left money to the City for a downtown park. Krutch Park was completed in 1985. Another nephew was Joseph Wood Krutch, a well-known critic, biographer, and naturalist.

This painting is featured in the Knoxville Museum of Art’s permanent exhibition,
Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee
Special thanks to the Knoxville Museum of Art

Downtown Art Wraps are coordinated by the Knoxville History Project, an educational nonprofit with a mission to research and promote the history and culture of Knoxville. KHP's educational articles and publications feature colorful characters, bizarre tales, interesting buildings, curious traditions, as well as seriously influential local events. Learn more at

Erected by Knoxville History Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
Location. 35° 57.865′ N, 83° 55.077′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee
Charles Christopher Krutch Marker<br>(<i>wide view • left & right perspectives</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
3. Charles Christopher Krutch Marker
(wide view • left & right perspectives)
Untitled, (Landscape), circa 1925
Oil on canvas board
, in Knox County. Marker is on South Gay Street north of Clinch Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the northeast corner of the building at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 531 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee Ernie Ford (here, next to this marker); Gay Street (here, next to this marker); Site of Blount College (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Everly Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Catherine Wiley (within shouting distance of this marker); Knoxville's Old Custom House / Fiddlin' Bob Taylor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cowan, McClung and Company Building / Fidelity Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Knoxville History Project
Also see . . .  Knoxville History Project. Downtown Arts Wraps take plain traffic engineering boxes and turns them into stunning canvasses portraying the artwork of some of the important Knoxville or East Tennessee artists from the past. Art Wraps engage the public to discover the city’s rich artistic heritage. (Submitted on June 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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