WATSON , Charles John

1846 - 1927

Continental Street Scene

Born in Norwich on 31 August 1846 and baptised at St John Timberhill with All Saints & St Michael at Thorn, Norwich on 26 December 1860, son of Daniel Filby Watson (1808-1865) and his wife Mary Ann née Matthews (1815-1863), who married at Norwich in 1842. In 1871 a 24 year old artist's colourman, living at All Saints Green, Norwich with his 56 year old widowed mother Mary Ann Watson, a printseller, and siblings Henry F. 22 and Joseph M. 19. A printmaker and painter and amongst the earliest Fellows of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, joining after the ‘Allcomers’ exhibition in Spring 1881, a painter and etcher of many subjects, with his landscapes focused mainly on Northern France, Venice and Norfolk and was a medal winner at Chicago’s International Exhibition in 1893 and in Paris in 1900. He married at Norwich in 1894, artist Minna Rose Bolingbroke (1857-1939) and in 1911, a 64 year old painter artist living at 19 Girdlers Road West, Hammersmith, London with his 54 year old wife Marina[sic], also a painter artist. Charles exhibited at Agnew & Sons Gallery, Connell & Sons Gallery, Fine Art Society, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and elsewhere including at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 an etching 'A Norfolk Draining Mill'. He died at Hammersmith in 1927, aged 81.