ANSTED, William Alexander

1859 - 1948

William Alexander Ansted was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands on 1 March 1859, son of David Thomas Ansted (1814-13 May 1880) and his wife Augusta Dorothea Hackett née Baillie (c1816-23 December 1897), who married at St James's Paddington, London on 24 June 1848. In 1881, William was a 21-year-old engineer’s draughtsman, boarding at 32 St Thomas’s Street, Portsmouth, the home of Richard Coltherup, letter carrier, and his family. In 1882 in the same profession but boarding at 1 Old Cattle Market, Ipswich, when he exhibited two paintings at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 'Sitting for her Portrait' and 'A Hunting Scene' but when he exhibited the following year his address is given as Lodge Place, St John’s Wood, London when he showed five oils ‘A Part of old Ipswich’, ‘The Spotted Cow’, ‘The Call at Eventide’, ‘Chewing the Cud of Sweet and Bitter Thought’, ‘Ruined Cottages, Rushmere Heath’ and two drawings ‘Dreary Winter Days’ and ‘Winter Evening near Westerfield’ and as Alexander Ansted he also exhibited at the Royal Academy. William married at Brentford, Middlesex in 1887, Constance Greville Walsh (1856-1 February 1937). In 1901, a 41-year-old artist living at 1 Hillside Villas, Folkestone Road, Dover with his wife Constance, born Coolinge, Folkestone and two children, Constance (1888-1971) and David Alexander (1890-1945), both born at Chiswick. In 1911, an artist at 2 Hillside Villas, Maxton, Dover with his wife, his unmarried sister Ethel Hester Ansted, born Bolougne, France, and kept one domestic servant. In 1939, William Alexander Ansted was an artist, instructor & poster writer, living at 291 Folkestone Road, Dover where he died on 26 April 1948, aged 88.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 3 Ranelagh Villas, Grove Park, Chiswick, London
1888 1591 Old Mill, Bramerton - etching
1892 1480 Woodcock Shooting - etching
         1481 The Bridge - etching
1893 1380 Arundel, Sussex - etching

Works by This Artist