SPIERS, Charlotte Horn

1844 - 1914

Born at 14 St Gilesís Street, Oxford on 5 December 1844 and baptised at St Gilesís Church on 6 January 1845, daughter of Richard James Spiers (1806-1877), stationery manufacturer, and his wife Elizabeth Phene née Joy (1818-1858), who married at Oxford on 15 July 1837 and had 13 children in 18 years. Richard had two shops, fancy articles at his shop in the High Street and china at 46 Corn Market. In 1851, a 6 year old living at 14 St Giles Street, Oxford with her parents, 44 year old Richard and 32 year old Elizabeth and two siblings, Alice Jane Mary 5 and Elizabeth Joy [q.v.]. She continued to live with her father at 14 St Giles Street until about 1871 when she went to live with her brothers at 21 Bernard Street, St Pancras, London - Richard Phene (1838-1916), an architect; Walter Lewis (1841-1925), who became curator at the Sir John Soane Museum, and Ernest George (1854-1896). Spiers early career was spent at the Minton, Kensington Gore workshops where she worked as a freelance artist in partnership with another successful Minton artist Ellen Welby (1851-1936). A regular, and very well regarded, exhibitor in the professional category of the H&J china painting exhibitions, and frequently won prizes and commendations for her work. In 1878 she won first prize 'for her boldly-painted group of irises' as noted in 'The Exhibition of Paintings on China' in 'Magazine of Art' (1878). In 1891, a 46 year old artist, still living with her brother Richard at 21 Bernard Street and had been joined by sister Elizabeth and they were still there in 1901. She painted several pictures in an around the Walbersick area and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1890-1903 and exhibited from 4 Berners Street, London in 1890 'A Cloudy Day, Bramford', 'At Bramford' and 'Runton Gap, Cromer', in 1891 'Beeston Common, Cromer', 'East Runton, Norfolk' and 'Williton, Somersetshire', in 1893 'At Walberswick', 'On the Blyth, Suffolk' and from 21 Bernard Street, London in 1898 'At Hayling Island', Common Staithe, Kings Lynn' and 'Stiffkey, Norfolk', in 1899 'Mischief', 'The Age of Innocence' and 'Old Whitby', in 1900 'The Arson Meadows, Hampshire' and 'Mill at Hemmingford Grey, Huntingdonshire' in 1902 'Crowland Abbey, Lincolnshire' and her last in 1903 'West Wycombe' and 'Kessingland, Suffolk'. She also exhibited regularly at the Society of Women Artists; New Gallery; Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artistís; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours; Royal Society of Artists and others. She died at Christchurch, Hampshire on 7 September 1914, aged 69, she was unmarried.




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