HEMSLEY, William

c.1818 - 1906

William Hemsley was born in Westminster, London about 1818. Like his father trained as an architect but was a self-trained artist specialising in genre paintings and lived most of his life in London, although he travelled throughout Germany and Holland. In 1841 living at Camera Square, Chelsea and by 1851, a 32 year old 'artist in painting' living at Marlborough Street, Chelsea, London with his 30 year old wife Arabella née Barnard(1821-1876), who was born at Berrow, Somerset and their 3 year old son Cornelius Henry and 1 year old daughter Alice Lucy, both born at Chelsea. In 1861 they were living at 13 Hereford Square, Kensington with a further son and daughter, and after his wife's death in 1876 was living at Ashburnham House, 499 Kings Road, Chelsea. Hemsley was elected to the Society of British Artists (later the Royal Society of British Artists) in 1859 and was later a Vice-President. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery and at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] held at Ipswich in 1850 'Sunday Morning'. Various dates have been given for his death but in 1891, a 73 year old artist in oil & watercolour, living at Bexley House, Queens Road, Wimbledon, Kingston, Surrey with his 36 year old son Walter and his family, and where he died on the 24 November 1906, aged 89, and was buried in Old Brompton Cemetery, Chelsea.

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