ADAMS, Charles James

1859 - 1931

Born at Gravesend, Kent on 28 February 1859, second child of Charles Adams, a journeyman pastrycook, and his wife Sarah née Crispe, who married at Gravesend in 1853. In 1861, a 2 year old, living at 19 Christchurch Infant Street, Milton, Gravesend with his parents, 28 year old Charles and 27 year old Sarah, and sibling Mary 6. Educated at Gravesend Middle Class Commercial School and studied at Leicester School of Art under Wilmot Pilsbury (1840-1908), winning the Mulready Gold Medal for life drawing from the Society of Arts, London. A landscape painter who early in his career made a number of lithographs and painted some watercolours, but the bulk of his work is in oil. He lived and worked in London, Leicester, where he was an art teacher, and Surrey and painted animals, history and genre subjects. He married at St John the Evangelist, Nottingham on 30 March 1897, Lucy Coy, and in 1911 a 52 year old painter artist living at 'Glenfield', Alfred Road, Farnham, Surrey with his 49 year old wife Lucy, born Lincolnshire and their two children, Frank 12 and Winifred Gertrude 11, both born at Horsham, Surrey. Adams exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Glenfield, Waverley Estate, Farnham in 1927, two watercolours 'The Outskirts of the Wood' and 'On the Fringe of the Moor' priced at 7 guineas, he also exhibited the Royal Academy 1883-1919 (37 works), Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham (27 works), Dudley Gallery (71 works), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (37 works), Manchester City Gallery (10 works), Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery (3 works), Royal Society of British Artists (8 works), Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (30 works) and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (9 works). He died at Eldon House, Bourne, Frensham, Surrey on 8 November 1931, aged 72. Examples of his works can be found in Brighton Art Gallery and Leicestershire Art Gallery

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