|Charles John Watson RE (1846-1927)|
The Thames at Chelsea.
The Thames at Chelsea from above Battersea Bridge, London.
Etching on cream laid paper.
A fine, well inked, impression.
Signed lower left, titled "Chelsea" and dated 1879 in the plate.
This shows the original wooden Battersea Bridge that opened in 1771 in a rather dilapidated state but was still in use. From 1883 it was reduced to a footbridge and two years later it was demolished to make way for a new iron bridge.
Charles John Watson RE (1846-1927):
Charles John Watson was a painter and etcher of architectural subjects and landscapes. He was born in Norwich the son of a carver, gilder and print seller and upon his father's death in 1865 remained in Norwich to run the family business. From 1872 he started to exhibit his own etchings in the major London galleries and in 1881 became one of the earliest members of the Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He exhibited there and at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. His atmospheric etchings of the London Thames between Greenwich and Chelsea are particularly acclaimed but he also worked extensively in Norfolk and abroad in France, Holland and Italy. In 1885 Watson helped to found the Norwich Art Circle and became its first President. Despite his strong connection with Norfolk he moved to London in 1888 settling in Chelsea, taking a studio at 5 Wentworth Studios, Manressa Road. He produced etchings for Robert Dunthorne's Gallery in Vigo Street. Upon his marriage to the artist Minna Bolingbroke in 1894 they moved to Hammersmith and following his death in 1927 she produced a catalogue of his etchings and engraved work. Collections: Norwich Castle Museum and elsewhere.