PARSONS, Arthur Wilde

1854 - 1931

Arthur Wilde Parsons, was born at Stapleton, Gloucestershire in 1854, son of John Dungate Feather Stonehaugh Parsons, a musician, and his wife Jane née Taylor, who married at Clifton, Bristol in 1848. In 1861, a 7 year old, living at 1 Esplanade, South Parade, Weston-Super-Mare with his parents, 47 year old John and 46 year old Jane and his three siblings, John Featherstonehaugh 11, George Metford 9 and Jane 5. Arthur studied locally and married at Barton Regis, Gloucestershire in 1881, Mary Waters Burridge (1847-1933). A little-known self-taught painter of marine pictures and an illustrator and in 1891, a 37 year old landscape painter living at 75 Hampton Park, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol with his 44 year old wife Mary, three children Arthur Dungate Burridge 8, Amy Mary 7 and Mary Elizabeth 5, with his mother Jane, his aunt and two boarders. He exhibited in London infrequently from 1867 and his earliest subjects were th shores of the Bristol Channel, to be followed by Cornish Scenes painted on summer visits to his brother, the vicar of Crantock. He visitied Holland and about 1911 Italy which had an influence on his work when he produces Venetian scenes. In 1904 he became a founder member of the 'Bristol Savages' and was a member and exhibiter at the Ipswich Art Club 1902-1905 exhibiting from 75 Hampton Park, Redland, Bristol in 1903, six watercolours 'Dismasted Barque, Falmouth', 'Off Cardiff', 'In Penarth Roads', 'Fair Wind of Lundy' and 'Summer Weather, Falmouth' which seem to have been his only exhibits. In 1911, a landscape painter, living at 75 Hampton Park West, Bristol with his wife and two of his unmarried daughters Amy and Mary. He died at 75 Hampton Park, Redland, Bristol on 8 June 1931, aged 77.

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