CHAPMAN, Robert Hamilton

1860 - 1943

Robert Hamilton Chapman, was baptised at St Mary's Church, Leamington Priors, Warwickshire on 5 August 1860, son of Robert Chapman, a civil engineer, and his wife Anne. He studied at Surbiton Art School and as R. Hamilton Chapman, as an ex-pupil, exhibited there 1888-1889 and may have also studied in France as several of his works depicted scenes in that country. He married at St Paul's Church, Deptford, Kent on 6 August 1884, Fanny Child but in April 1892 she obtained a judicial separation [divorce], with costs, owing to his alleged cruelty, when he stated that 'he did not have sixpence in the world'. In April 1891, a 29 year old landscape painter, living at Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Kingston, Surrey with his 33 year old wife Fanny and their three children Lawrence Hamilton 8, Evelyn Muriel Hamilton 6 and Blanche Lilian 4, all born at Thames Ditton. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from The Cottage, Woodlands, near Leatherhead in 1886 'Rye: Looking Towards the Harbour', from Park View, Giggs Hill, Thames Ditton in 1889 'The Orange Tints...Oxshott Common, Surrey' and 'The Black Pond at Esther', in 1890 'But never could I tune my Reed so Sweet' and in 1891 'The Stackyard, Thames Ditton', 'Oxshott Common, Surrey' and 'Glad Summer, Fare the Well' also showing at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 'A Gipsy Encampment'. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1897-1913 and exhibited from 27 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich in February 1897, fifteen paintings including six oils, 'Near Fenn Bridge on the Stow', 'Flatford Lock', 'A Dorsetshire Pastoral', 'Ploughing near Bures', 'Dorsetshire Sheepfold' and 'A Beanfield' with nine watercolours and in November 1897 he had on show three watercolours 'A Dutch Cow', 'A July Evening in Worcestershire' and 'Poplars at Martlesham'. In 1902 he exhibited from 2 Langley Place, West Ealing, London six watercolours, 'Streatley on Thames', 'Mapledurham Reach', 'Sunset after the Storm', 'From Hampton Court Bridge', 'Mapledurham Mill' and continued to exhibit regularly, in 1912 from Cleve, Goring-on Thames, ten paintings and in 1913, from Olde Home, East Moseley, Surrey seven paintings. In 1911, a 50 year old painter watercolour artist, stating that he was single, living at Cleeve-by-Goring, Oxfordshire. Robert Hamilton Chapman died at The Hayes, Northiam, Rye, Sussex on 19 December 1943 and his will proved at Llandudno, Caernarfonshire, Wales on 7 February 1944.

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