WATSON, Charles John

1846 - 1927

Charles John Watson, was born at 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 Filby (1848-1882) and Joseph Matthews (1851-1883). He exhibited 'A Marshman's Home' at the Royal Academy in 1876 and was 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 19 Girdlers Road, West Kensington, London on 2 November 1927, aged 81.

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