WELLS, Josiah Robert

1849 - 1897

Born at High Street, Needham Market, Suffolk in 1849, eldest child of Robert Wells and his wife Susanna[h] Maria née Read, who married at Needham Market in 1848. In 1861, a 12 year old scholar living at Needham Market with his parents 39 year old Robert and 42 year old Susannah and his three siblings Albert 10, Rosa 6 and Catherine 4 and ten years later a 23 year old artist still at Needham Market with his parents and sister Kathleen[sic]. By 1881, a 31 year old artist boarding at 15 Steeles Road, Hampstead, the home of artist Charles Joseph Staniland (1838-1916) and his family and where his 27 year old sister Rosa was the governess to their children. The principle marine artist for 'The Illustrated London News' between 1873 and 1883 he specialised in marine subjects and ship portraits. A member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1884-1897, and exhibited from 15 Steele's Road, Haverstock Hill, London in 1883 five works 'Condemned', 'Kynance Cove, Cornwall', 'Laid Ashore for the Tide' and two watercolours 'Rye Harbour' and 'Bawdsey, Suffolk', in 1884 'On a Norfolk River' and in 1885'The Port of Blakeney', also a member and exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the New Society of Painters in Water Colours from 1872. He was still living with the Stanilands' in 1891 and died at Windsor, Berkshire in 1897.




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