TRACY, Charles Dunlop

1870 - 1948

Charles Dunlop Tracy, was born at 9 St John's Street, Chichester, Sussex on 28 May 1870, third son of Revd Frederick Francis Tracy (2 February 1829-11 May 1888), rector of St Pancras, Chichester 1865-1872 and of Beccles, Suffolk 1872-1881, and his wife Adelaide Borrer (1 July 1830-26 January 1900), youngest daughter of William Borrer, who married at Henfield Parish Church, Sussex on 10 June 1857. Charles was educated at King William's College, Isle of Man and at Cloford House School, Kirkley near Lowestoft, Suffolk and in 1901, giving no occupation, was boarding at 9 Colisseum Terrace, St Pancras, London. A painter in oils and in October 1905 he had a solo exhibition at the Clifford Gallery 'Paintings of West Coast and Deep Seas' he also exhibited at the London Salon; the Royal Society of Marine Painters and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, from Kingston Buci, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex 1908-1912 and in the 1911 Show Day at St Ives, Cornwall, he exhibited three seascapes. He married at Kensington, London on 15 January 1909, Rosita MacAndrew (14 August 1866-27 May 1957), daughter of William MacAndrew of Little Horkesley, Essex and they spent sometime in America before 1914, when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery. Rising to the rank of Captain during which time he wrote 'Revolver Shooting in War' (1915) and was awarded an O.B.E.. By 1932 he was living at Reed House, Holbrook near Ipswich, Suffolk and later, he and his wife lived at Ipswich. A painter in oils and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1932-1947 and exhibited from Reed House, Holbrook in 1932, 'A Moonlight Memory' and 'The Timber Ship', in 1933 five works 'The Evening Flood, Westward Ho', 'A Labrador Berg', 'The Barque, Winterhude', 'Bargaining for the Tide' and 'In Company', in 1937 four works 'Wind Hounded', 'The North Atlantic', 'With the Tide' and 'Up Channel', four in 1943 'The Grain Ship', 'Silver Lining', 'Moonlight Melody' and 'An Iceberg of Labrador', six in 1944 'Barges on the Orwell', 'The Prelude of the Night', 'Cornish Fishermen', 'Silver Lining', 'Their Guiding Light' and 'Moonlight, Cornish Coast' and was a regular annual exhibitor with Mrs. C. Tracy (late Charles D. Tracy) exhibiting from 'Holt', 33 Jupiter Road, Ipswich in 1948 his three oil paintings, 'Silver Symphony', 'Evening after the Storm' and 'Memory' and at their centenary exhibition in 1974 his 'Evening after the Storm' was again on show also exhibiting at the Peasenhall Art & Antique Gallery in Suffolk. He died at 'Holt', Jupiter Road, Ipswich on 8 May 1948. His works are sometimes incorrectly attributed to a Charles Garfield Tracy (1881-1955) an American artist.

Mrs Rosita Tracy (14 August 1866-27 May 1957), was an hon. member of the Ipswich Art Club 1948-1957 but only exhibited her late husband's works. As Rosita MacAndrew, she was born at Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, daughter of wealthy bank director William MacAndrew, born Elgin, Scotland and his first wife Maria Rachel née Matthews (1834-1873), who was born in El Sagrario, Arequipa, Peru on 11 December 1834, daughter of Diego Guillermo Matthews, an Englishman, and his wife Maria Mercedes Sanches Cosio, a Peruvian, who married at El Sagrario on 2 January 1830. William and Maria married at St Bride's, Liverpool in October 1855. William's second wife was Mariana née Birch of Wiston, Suffolk but had no further issue. The MacAndrew's were landowners of Westwood House, Great Horkesley, Essex but Rosita Tracy was still giving her address as Jupiter Road, Ipswich in 1956. The Tracy's only son Geoffrey Borrer Matthews (1910-1913) died in 1913 aged just 3 years.

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