CHESTON, Charles Sidney

1882 - 1960

Charles Sidney Cheston was born at South Kensington, London on 2 April 1882, son of Chester Cheston (1835-2 August 1907), a surveyor, and his second wife Amelia Coppen (1854-15 November 1930), daughter of the late Thomas Coppen of Reading, who married at St Paul's Kensington on 9 October 1880, his first wife, Emma Claudine Goodchild, daughter of Revd Thomas Oliver Goodchild, whom he married on 22 November 1864, died at Kensington in 1878. In 1891, Charles was a 9-year-old living at 99 Clapham Common, Hackney with his parents, 55-year-old Chester and 35-year-old Amelia [Amy] and his stepsiblings Mary P. 24, Chester Amhurst 22, Florence 21 and Claude Philip 20, with siblings Harry Lawrence 5 and Gladys Maud 3, they had another daughter Dorothy, born in 1892. After his education at Malvern School of Art, young Charles attended the Slade School of Fine Art 1899-1902. He married at Ecclesall Church, Sheffield, Yorkshire on 9 June 1904, Evelyn Davy (1875-1929), second daughter of the late David Davy of Park Head, Sheffield, Evelyn had also been an artist at the Slade, but they met at art classes at Richmond, Yorkshire run by [Sir] Walter Wesley Russell (1867-1949). On Evelyn's death at Musbury, near Axminster, Devon in November 1929, Charles published a monograph, 'Evelyn Cheston: Member of the New English Art Club 1908-1929' (1930). In 1931 he and other artists took a consignment of their pictures to Japan where they held a large exhibition. In 1939, an artist, living at The Hill, Polstead, Suffolk with married Eugenie Marie Cheston (28 January 1887-19 February 1974). A painter and etcher who exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy 1929-1960; Royal Hibernian Academy; Goupil Gallery; Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colour; Fine Art Society and New English Art Club. In 1950 elected president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. Charles Sidney Cheston died at Hillside, Polstead, Suffolk on 2 October 1960, leaving the then substantial sum of over £34,000.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Musbury, Axminster, Devon
1929 755 Taunton Vale - watercolour
         1005 Storm Effect, Purbect - etching
         1157 The Backwater, Burford - etching
1930 279 Midsummer Evening in Somerset
         764 Broadstairs - watercolour
         770 The Esplanade, Dover: Evening - watercolour
1931 990 Bristol Docks, October Evening - watercolour
         996 By the Wear - watercolour
from 2 Trafalgar Studios, Chelsea
1933 627 Ashford Mill
         700 Durham
1934 58 Les Andelys
         321 Evening, Somerset
         955 Grand Canal Venice - watercolour
from Musbury, Axminster, Devon
1935 363 Seaton Bay
         393 Dover
         1017 Durham - watercolour
from 2 Trafalgar Studios, Chelsea
1936 173 Dessert
         502 Edinburgh
         984 Dover - watercolour
1937 126 Summer Evening
         142 Saumur
1938 369 Bridport
         391 The Seine
         645 Midsummer Evening, Honiton
from Hillside Cottage, Polstead, Suffolk
1942 402 The Seine, La Bouille
1943 525 Saumur: late Evening - watercolour
         666 Nayland - watercolour
1944 626 Auxerre Cathedral
         662 Suffolk Farmland: July
         676 Seaside Resort
         778 Oak Avenue - watercolour
1945 4 Nayland Hill
         16 Beer Beach
         650 Autumn Landscape near Boxford
         833 Rouen, 1938 - watercolour
1946 457 Stoke by Nayland flies the flag, VE-Day
         610 Mill House Garden, Higham
         894 Saumur: Rue Nationale - watercolour
1947 519 Framlingham
         524 Robert Adamís Tower, Mistley
         538 Nayland
1948 375 Thorrington Street, Suffolk
1949 28 Gravel Pits
         354 Saumur: Evening
1950 508 Poplars near Acquigny
         585 By the Colne, Colchester
1951 63 La Bouille
         211 In the Brett Valley
         339 Ancient Farm
1952 62 Kew Bridge
         177 Chiswick Mall
         238 Country Town
1953 25 A Sussex Dell
         54 A Barque Leaving Port
         657 Autumn, Stoke by Nayland
1954 93 Sussex Landscape
         97 Cottage Garden
1957 72 Sproughton Mill
         771 The Seine: Gaillon
1959 1024 Edinburgh - watercolour
         1031 Le Havre - watercolour
1960 778 A Grove, Barrington - watercolour
         869 Clifton Spa - watercolour




Works by This Artist