HARRISON , Charles Harmony

1842 - 1902

Charles Harmony Harrison

Born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1842, son of Charles Waine Harrison, a stone mason, and his wife Catherine née Seagoe, a shoe binder, who married at Great Yarmouth in 1840. In 1851 a 9 year old living at St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth with his parents 32 year old Charles and 32 year old Catherine. Apprenticed as sign-writer in Row 45 Workshop, where he developed his sense of colour and learned a great deal about mixing and applying paints. In his spare time he completed his education by reading, visiting exhibitions and studying the methods of Cotman and Crome and in 1859 joined the Yarmouth Artillery Volunteers and later the Rifle Volunteers. In 1870 a discarded box of watercolours was given to him and his artistic ambition was revived and he embarked on a professional career. He married at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth on 28 April 1866, local girl Elizabeth Phillis Porter and in 1871 29 year old Charles Harmony was living at Norfors Walk, Great Yarmouth with his 29 year old wife Elizabeth and two children Walter Charles 4 and Edith Kate 2. His wife Elizabeth died in 1876, leaving five children, when he moved to London, hoping to perfect his painting and gain advice on the sale of his works but, after barely a year, he returned to Great Yarmouth. He married secondly again at St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth on 11 February 1878, 24 year old Emma Read and had further issue. An artist landscape painter and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1884-1891 and exhibiting from 5 Seymour Place, Victoria Road, Great Yarmouth in 1882 four watercolours 'A Herring Punt', 'Caistor', 'Lane, Friton' and 'Fishing Luggers' and in 1883 seven watercolours 'Yarmouth Smacks', 'The Waning of the Year', 'Snow Birds', Great Yarmouth from Bredon', 'Hen Blackbird and Starlings', 'Snipe, Jacksnipe and Stints' and 'The Edge of the Woods' and was a regular exhibitor. In 1974 his watercolour 'Beccles Church' was on show at the club centenary exhibition and he was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1886-1888 from Great Yarmouth. After turning 50 he fell to deafness, rheumatism and depression and due to a poor business sense and the burden of 13 children was forced to churn out hundreds of small pictures for quick sale. He died at 69 South Quay, Great Yarmouth in 1902, aged 60.




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