WELLS, Josiah Robert

1849 - 1897

Josiah Robert Wells, was born at High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk in 1849, eldest child of Robert Wells and his wife Susanna[h] Maria née Read, who married at Needham Market in 1848. In 1861, a 12 year old scholar, living at Needham Market with his parents, 39 year old Robert and 42 year old Susannah and his three siblings, Albert 10, Rosa 6 and Catherine 4, all born at Needham Market and ten years later, Josiah was a 23 year old artist, still at Needham Market with his parents and sister Kathleen[sic]. By 1881, a 31 year old artist, boarding at 15 Steele's Road, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, London, the home of artist Charles Joseph Staniland (1838-1916) and his family and where his 27 year old sister Rosa was the governess to Staniland's children. The principal marine artist for 'The Illustrated London News' 1873-1883, specialising in marine subjects and ship portraits. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1897, and exhibited from 15 Steele's Road, Hampstead in 1883, five works 'Condemned', 'Kynance Cove, Cornwall', 'Laid Ashore for the Tide' and two watercolours 'Rye Harbour' and 'Bawdsey, Suffolk', in 1884 'On a Norfolk River' and in 1885 'The Port of Blakeney'. Josiah was also a member and exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the New Society of Painters in Water Colours from 1872 and in 1879 exhibited at the Royal Academy 'The Cleopatra and The Anglia in the Bay of Biscay'. He was still living with the Stanilands' in 1891 and he died at Windsor, Berkshire in 1897.

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