BASKETT, Charles Henry

1872 - 1953

Born at Colchester, Essex in 1872, son of artist Charles Edward Baskett [q.v.] and his wife Mary Ann née Baskett[sic], who did not marry until 1878. He first studied art under his father then at the Colchester School of Art and at Lambeth School of Art before completing his studies under Frank Mura (born 1861). He married at Colchester in 1894, Florence Maud Peachey and in 1901 a 29 year old artist, living at The White House, Maldon Road, Colchester with his 33 year old wife and three children, Christobel, Douglas and Beryl and by 1911 an 'art master and artist' living at Almond, Baddow Road, Chelmsford with his 40 year old wife and four children. Almost from the beginning of his career, Baskett gained much higher recognition for his aquatint engravings and, although he continued to create fine etchings during his life, he will be remembered mostly for his creative work in the demanding aquatint medium with his famous landscapes, marine scenes and river views. An 'English Landscape View' is one of the artist's largest and most atmospheric works of original aquatinting. All Charles Henry Baskett's original etchings and aquatints were published in London by Lefevre Gallery, always in an edition of 75. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1897-1928 and exhibited from 'Almount', Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex in 1923 a pencil 'Landermere Creek' and three aquatints 'Crenyll Point, Plytmouth', 'Heybridge Marshes' and 'Venice'. He became principal of the Chelmsford School of Art and exhibited widely including, as a full member, at the Royal Society of Etchers and Engravers, also at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Fine Art Society; Cooling Galleries; Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy, signing his work 'CHB'. Some of his work was reproduced in 'Print Collectors Quarterly'. Lott & Gerrish Ltd., Marlborough held an exhibition 'The Aquatints of C H Baskett' in 1985. He finally moved to Southampton where he died in 1953, aged 80.





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