Etching signed and dated 1879 in plate and pencil entitled below etching bottom left and pencil signed bottom right. Chelsea was where Watson's first studio in London was situated (see below). Overall size in hinged, off white fully conservation grade mount and back with decorative v groove: 43.2cms x 34.8cms ; image size : 275mm x 177mm. Extremely faint brown line below mount showing old mount marking else very good condition indeed. (1846-1927)Charles John Watson was born in Norwich in 1846 to Daniel Filby Watson a carver, gilder and printseller, and his wife, Mary Anne Watson. He intended to go to London to study art, but was prevented from doing so by the death of his father in 1865, and so stayed in Norwich to carry on the family business. Nonetheless he painted and produced etchings of landscapes and buildings and, in 1872, began to exhibit them at major London galleries, including the Royal Academy of Arts. He became one of the earliest members of Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers joining in 1881, just a year after it was founded and he would exhibit frequently at its exhibitions. In 1885, Watson helped found the Norwich Art Circle, with Edward Elliott and Robert Bagge-Scott, and became its first president. Other early members included Minna Bolingbroke, who later became his wife. He moved to London in 1888. Settling in Chelsea, he took a studio at 5 Wentworth Studios, Manresa Road, and produced work for a series of shows at Robert Dunthorne's Gallery in Vigo Street, often inspired by his travels in France, Holland and Italy. On his marriage to Minna in 1894, they moved to 19 Girdler's Road, Brook Green, Hammersmith. Following his death in London on 2 November 1927, she prepared a catalogue of his etchings and engraved works. His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Castle Museum (Norwich).
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