CHESTON, Charles Sidney

1882 - 1960

Charles Sidney Cheston, was born at South Kensington, London on 2 April 1882, son of Chester Cheston, a surveyor, and his second wife Amelia née Coppen, who married at Kensington in 1880, his first wife, Emma Claudine née Goodchild, whom he married in 1864, died at Kensington in 1878. In 1891, 9 year old Charles was living at 99 Clapham Common, Hackney with his parents, 55 year old Chester and 35 year old Amelia [Amy] and his step-siblings Mary P. 24, Chester Amhurst 22, Florence 21 and Claude Philip 20, with siblings Harry Lawrence 5 and Gladys Maud 3, they had another daughter Dorothy, born in 1892. After his education at Malvern College, young Charles attended the Slade School of Fine Art 1899-1902. He married at Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire in 1904, Evelyn Davy (1875-1929), who also had been an artist at the Slade, but they met at art classes at Richmond, Yorkshire run by [Sir] Walter Wesley Russell (1867-1949). On Elvlyn's death at Musbury, near Axminster, Devon in 1929, Charles published a monograph, 'Evelyn Cheston: Member of the New English Art Club 1908-1929' (1930). In 1931 he and other artists took a consignment of their pictures to Japan where the held a large exhibition. In 1939, an artist, living at The Hill, Polstead, Suffolk with married Eugenie Marie Cheston (28 January 1887-19 February 1974). A painter and etcher who exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy; Royal Hibernian Academy; Goupil Gallery; Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colour; Fine Art Society and New English Art Club. In 1950 elected president of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour. He died at Hillside, Polstead on 2 October 1960, leaving the then substantial sum of over 34,000.

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