PENLEY, Edwin Aaron

1828 - 1893

Edwin Aaron Penley was baptised at St Paul, Southsea, Hampshire on 16 May 1828, son of William Henry Saulez Penley (1793-27 January 1866), an artist and drawing master, and his wife Margaretha née Callaghan (c.1798-1867), who married at Bloomsbury, London in 1816. Edwin was a nephew of artist Aaron Edwin Penley (1807-15 January 1870) with whom he is sometimes conflated. A landscape painter and drawing master and in 1851, a 22-year-old drawing master, living at Queen's Crescent, Reading, Berkshire with his parents William 57 and Margaretta 54 and they retained one servant. He exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association at Ipswich in 1850, three watercolours ‘Near Pen Mackno, North Wales’, ‘The Thames at Caversham, near Reading’ and ‘On the Brathay, Ambleside’ and exhibited eleven works at the Royal Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street between 1853 and 1872 also showing at the Royal Hibernian Academy. He married at St John's Church, Notting-Hill, London on 16 June 1853, 17-year-old Eliza Willson who died the following year and was of Delamere Crescent, Westbourne Terrace North, Paddington, London on 4 April 1854 when declared an insolvent debtor. By 1858 he was in Tasmania but in 1861 was living and working from 3 Wellington Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in which year was an unsuccessful candidate for the New Society of Painters in Water Colours and was mentioned as being honoured for the invention (improvements) in the construction of Drawing Boards. In 1881 a 51-year-old 'landscape artist in watercolour' living at 50 Rattray Road, Lambeth, London with a 20-year-old servant. He married secondly at St Mark's Church, Surbiton, Surrey on 16 November 1886, Eliza Chandler. In 1891 living at 22 King's Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey with his wife, giving her age as 28. Edwin Aaron Penley died at 28 Sidney Road, Richmond and was buried at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond on 9 February 1893, his age given as 67.

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