BASKETT, Charles Edward

1845 - 1929

Charles Edward Baskett, was born at Culver Street, Colchester, Essex on 5 November 1845, son of William Baskett, master shoe-maker, and his wife Patience. Charles began his working life as a plumber but studied at Colchester Art School in 1869 and later studied under Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) at Bushey Art School. He married at Colchester in 1878, Mary Ann née Baskett, six years after the birth of their son Charles Henry Baskett, at that time he was giving private lessons in oil and watercolour painting from 3 Maidenburgh Street, Colchester. In 1910 he took up printmaking and by 1922 had produced nearly 100 plates, nearly all of which were aquatints depicting the low-lying countryside and coastline of the locality. Headmaster of the Albert School of Art at Colchester in 1896 and a still life painter and etcher and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1896-1927 and exhibited from Felixstowe in 1915, four works, a mezzotint 'The Howling Wintry Sea', two etchings 'In the Pool of London' and 'Houses of Parliament from Lambeth' and a charcoal drawing 'Rough Sea of Hastins', and from a new address in 1923 'Almount', Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex, a watercolour 'West Mersea'. He also exhibited at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and the Royal Hibernian Academy from Colchester, Essex in 1883 and from Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1913. His Royal Academy exhibits included ‘On the Marshes, Evening’ 1893 and ‘An old Stackyard, Winter’ 1895. In 1911, he was living at 14 Hospital Road, Colchester but had retired and moved to 'Lansfield', Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe by 1913 where his wife died in 1918, aged 70. Charles died at 'Longcroft', Chelmerton Avenue, Great Baddow, Essex on 16 July 1929, aged 83, his executor was his son, Charles Henry Baskett. One of his etchings was shown at the centenary of Ipswich Art Club in 1974 'The Last Drink'.

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