WATSON, Charles John

1846 - 1927

Charles John Watson

Charles John Watson was born at Norwich on 31 August 1846, and baptised at St John Timberhill with All Saints & St Michael at Thorpe, Norwich on 26 December 1860, eldest son of Daniel Filby Watson (25 July 1808-6 April 1865), of 96 Strand, London, and his wife Mary Ann née Matthews (1814-25 March 1883) of All Saints' Green, Norwich, who married at Heigham, Norwich on 22 November 1842. In 1871, Charles was a 24-year-old artist's colourman, living at All Saints Green, Norwich with his 56-year-old widowed mother Mary Ann Watson, a print seller, and siblings Henry Filby (1848-1882) and Joseph Matthews (1851-1883). Charles was amongst one of 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 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 the Octagon Chapel, Norwich on 15 August 1894, artist Minna Rose Bolingbroke (1857-4 May 1939), youngest daughter of George Errington Bolingbroke. In 1911, Charles was a 64-year-old painter artist, living at 19 Girdlers Road West, Hammersmith, London with his 54-year-old wife Marina[sic]. A painter artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy from All Saints' Green, Norwich 1872-1887 and from London 1888-1904 also exhibiting at Agnew & Sons Gallery; Connell & Sons Gallery; Fine Art Society; Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery and elsewhere, including at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923, an etching 'A Norfolk Draining Mill'. Charles John Watson died at 19 Girdlers Road, West Kensington, London on 2 November 1927, aged 81.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from All Saint's Green, Norwich
1872 902 A Sea Breeze
1876 626 A Marshman's Home
         1174 A Marshman's Home - etching & dry point
1877 236 The New Moon
1878 881 November - watercolour
         1178 The New Moon - etching
1880 896 'Sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish' - watercolour
         1019 Drury Court, Strand
         1232 Chelsea - etching
         1238 Dawning Day - etching
1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1904




Works by This Artist