PAGET, Sidney Edward

1860 - 1908

Sidney Paget

Sidney Edward Paget, was born at 60 Pentonville Road, Clerkenwell, London on 4 October 1860, son of Robert Paget (1819-28 June 1892), a vestry clerk at St James and St John in Clerkenwell, and his wife Martha née Clarke (c1830-1 January 1898), a music professor, who married at Atherstone, Worcestershire in 1853. In 1861 Sidney, was a newly born, living at 60 Pentonville Road, Clerkenwell with his parents, 41 year old Robert and 31 year old Martha and siblings Robert Ernest 7, William 5, Henry Marriott 4 and Emily Elizabeth 2. Sidney started drawing at a young age and studied at the British Museum for two years before entering Heatherley's School of Art, and in 1881 at the Royal Academy Schools. Paget contributed eighteen paintings, including nine portraits, to the Royal Academy exhibitions 1879-1905. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1885-1891 and in 1885 exhibited from 19 Lloyd Square, Clerkenwell, an oil 'A Native of Blythburgh', in 1886 'A Suffolk Marsh, Blythburgh' and 'Rain Clouds' and his last exhibit at Ipswich was in 1887, 'The Truant'. A well-known illustrator and Paget's drawings appeared in 'Strand Magazine', 'Pictorial World', 'The Sphere', 'The Graphic', 'Illustrated London News' and 'Pall Mall Magazine' and his work became well known in both the United Kingdom and United States. He provided illustrations for Arthur Morrison's, Martin Hewitt detective stories and for Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes works, doing much to popularise both series. He married at St Matthew's Church, Oxhey, Watford on 1 June 1893, Edith Hounsfield, eldest daughter of William Hounsfield of Oxney Hall, and they had four daughters and two sons. Sidney Paget was of 55 Warwick Road, Margate, Kent when he died at 16 Surrey Road, Margate on 28 January 1908 and buried in East Finchley Cemetery. Two of his brothers, Henry Marriott Paget (18561936) and Walter Stanley Paget (18631935) were also successful portraitists and illustrators.

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