CHAPMAN, Robert Hamilton

1860 - 1943

Robert Hamilton Chapman was baptised at St Mary's Church, Leamington Priors, Warwickshire on 5 August 1860, son of Robert Chapman, a civil engineer, and his wife Anne née Jones, who married at Plymouth in 1848. In 1861, Robert was a newly born son, living at 2 High Street, Leamington, Warwickshire with his parents, 40-year-old Robert who was born at Kingston-on-Thames, 36-year-old Annie, born at Penzance, with seven siblings aged 2-11, three born at Plymouth, one in Paddington and the four youngest at Leamington. Robert studied at Surbiton Art School and as R. Hamilton Chapman, as an ex-pupil, exhibited there 1888-1889 and may have also studied in France as several of his works depicted scenes in that country. He married at St Paul's Church, Deptford, Kent on 6 August 1884, Fanny Child and in April 1891, a 29-year-old landscape painter, living at Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Kingston, Surrey with his 33-year-old wife Fanny and their three children Lawrence Hamilton 8, Evelyn Muriel Hamilton 6 and Blanche Lilian 4, all born at Thames Ditton. In April 1892, his wife Fanny obtained a judicial separation [divorce], with costs, owing to his alleged cruelty, when he stated that 'he did not have sixpence in the world'. He exhibited at the Royal Academy also showing at the Royal Institute Of Painters in Water Colours 'A Gipsy Encampment'. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1897-1913 and exhibited from 27 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich in February 1897, fifteen paintings including six oils, 'Near Fenn Bridge on the Stow', 'Flatford Lock', 'A Dorsetshire Pastoral', 'Ploughing near Bures', 'Dorsetshire Sheepfold' and 'A Beanfield' with nine watercolours and in November 1897 he had on show three watercolours 'A Dutch Cow', 'A July Evening in Worcestershire' and 'Poplars at Martlesham'. In 1902 he exhibited from 2 Langley Place, West Ealing, London six watercolours, 'Streatley on Thames', 'Mapledurham Reach', 'Sunset after the Storm', 'From Hampton Court Bridge', 'Mapledurham Mill' and continued to exhibit regularly, in 1912 from Cleve, Goring-on Thames, ten paintings and in 1913, from Olde Home, East Moseley, Surrey seven paintings. In 1911, a 50-year-old painter watercolour artist, stating that he was single, living at Cleeve-by-Goring, Oxfordshire. Robert Hamilton Chapman died at The Hayes, Northiam, Rye, Sussex on 19 December 1943 and his will proved at Llandudno, Caernarfonshire, Wales on 7 February 1944.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from The Cottage, Woodlands, near Leatherhead
1886 514 Rye: Looking Towards the Harbour
from Park View, Giggs Hill, Thames Ditton
1889 708 The Orange Tints...Oxshott Common, Surrey
         875 The Black Pond at Esther
1890 154 'But never could I tune my reed so sweet'
1891 74 The Stackyard, Thames Ditton
         334 Oxshott Common, Surrey
         741 'Glad summer, fare the well'

Works by This Artist