WATTS, Arthur Henry

1867 - 1916

Arthur Henry Watts, was born at Brighton, Sussex in 1867, twin son of George William Watts (1843-1887), a pianoforte maker & music seller, and his wife Margaret [Maggie] Marguerita née Hinton, who was born at Edinburgh, and married at St Michael's Presbyterian Church, Limerick, Ireland. In 1871, a 4 year old, living at Dorset Road, Brighton with his parents, 27 year old George, who was born at Chelsea, London, and 22 year old Marguerita, with three siblings, George 5, Ernest 4 and Sidney 3. Arthur was educated at Stafford College, Westbourne Road, Lewisham, when his parents were living at 20 West Street, Brighton. Arthur married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1890, Clara Annie FitzGerald and in 1891, a 24 year old musical instrument dealer, living at 5 Dagmar Terrace, Nelson Road, Great Yarmouth, Nofolk, with is 22 year old wife Clara. A member and exhibitor at the Woodpecker Art Club, later named the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, 1898-1899 from Great Yarmouth, also a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1898-1902, exhibiting two pictures from 256 Southtown, Great Yarmouth in 1898, 'The French Polish' and 'A Portrait of my Wife', eight in 1899 'Resting', 'Portrait of my Wife', 'Port ver Helum', 'Brundall' 'White Wings', 'Throw me a Love Token', 'The Gardener' and 'Acle'. He then moved to 53 Church Road, Gorleston, by then in Norfolk, from where he exhibited seven oils in 1900, 'Strawberries', 'Girl Reading', 'Sweet Seventeen', 'Digging for Rabbits', 'Reflection', 'Portrait of a Lady' and 'Wherries' and in 1901 two works, 'A Suffolk Lane' and 'The Invalid', which seem to have been his last, in all he exhibited at Ipswich some 25 works. In 1901, 'a pianoforte tuner', living at Gorleston with his 30 year old wife Clara, and a 9 year old daughter Dorothy Rose. In 1911, still living at the same address, a 44 year old pianoforte tuner & manufacturer, with his 42 year old wife Clara with 19 year old daughter Dorothy Rose, an art student, born at Great Yarmouth. He served in the First World War and as Cpl Arthur Henry Watts died on 13 May 1916, aged 49, and buried in Plot IV C14, Nairobi South Cemetery, Kenya, East Africa. Arthur's wife, Clara, died at Wembley, Middlesex on 18 December 1939.