BIRD, Charles Frederick

1849 - 1928

Charles Frederick Bird, was born at Poplar, London in 1849, son of Alexander H. Bird and his wife Charlotte. In 1871, a 22 year old upholster, living at 12 Duke’s Head Street, Lowestoft with his parents, 54 year Alexander, a carver & gilder, and 53 year old Charlotte. Charles married in 1874, Mary Ann Elizabeth Foulger of Carlton Colville, Lowestoft and in 1881, a carver & gilder at 106 High Street, Lowestoft. A self-taught artist, Charles exhibited from 106 High Street, Lowestoft at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1881-1885, in 1881 three painting 'The Evening Hour', 'Corton Beach' and 'On the Scheldt', in 1882 five paintings 'Fishing Boats Leaving Lowestoft Harbour', 'Breakwater', 'Sparhams Ways', 'The Shrimp Boat' and 'Running into Harbour', in 1883 four paintings ‘Tanner’s Creek-Fishing Boats’ and watercolours 'Cottage at Oulton’, ‘Calm after the Storm, Nov. 28, 1882’ and ‘A Foot Bridge at Blundeston', he also exhibited two works in 1884 and three in 1885. He also exhibited from 106 High Street at the Woodbridge Industrial and Art Exhibition in 1887, a drawing 'Horning Ferry' and in 1886 at the Bury St Edmund's Fine Art Exhibition 'Dutch Sloops of Southwold'. By 1891, he had moved his business along the road to 114 High Street, living with his wife and four sons and two daughters and was still there ten years later being described as picture framer and wood carver. In 1911, a master picture framer & maker, living at 181 London Road, Lowestoft with his 59 year old wife Mary Ann, born Carlton and children, Annie Sarah 29, Alexander Harry 27, Claude Walter 21, all born at Lowestoft. He died at 20 Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 2 June 1928, aged 78, when his executor son Charles Edward Bird (1876-1953), was also described as an artist.

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