MASKELL, Christopher Mark

1849 - 1933

Born at Brightlingsea, Essex in 1849, son of Isaac Maskell, a mariner, and his wife Elizabeth née Holden, who married at Brightlingsea on 25 January 1836. His birth name is registered as Mark but when he became an artist added the extra name of Christopher. In 1851, living at Providence Place, High Street, Brightlingsea with his 38 year old mother Elizabeth, a mariner’s wife, and her children, Elizabeth 15, Isaac 13, Emmanuel 9, George 7, Joseph 6, Abraham 4 and Mark 2 and ten years later 12 year old Mark was described as a ‘mariner’ then living at Spring Road, Brightlingsea with his elder brother Joseph and their mother who had had a further two children Jacob 9 and Emma 3, all the children were born at Brightlingsea. In 1871, a ‘house painter’ boarding at 8 Gibson Place, Marylebone, London, the home of 45 year old widow, Mary Spicer, a nurse. He married, as Christopher Mark at Kensington in 1875, Emma Kennedy and went to live at Wivenhoe, Essex for a short time before coming to Ipswich, where reputably a pupil of John Moore [q.v.]. In 1881 an artist living at 2 Taverner’s Buildings, 14 St Helens Street, Ipswich with his 41 year old wife Emma, who was born at Paddington, London and two children, Arthur Edwin 5, born Wivenhoe, Essex and Eugenie Helen 4, born at Ipswich and he kept a studio at 40 St Nicholas Street. A regular exhibitor at Ipswich Fine Art Club exhibiting as C M Maskell from 40 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich in 1881 two oil portraits, his next exhibits in 1883 were from 15 St Matthews Street, Ipswich when he had another portrait on show. In 1891, as Christopher Mark Maskell, a portrait painter & picture restorer living at 29 Elliott Street, Ipswich with his wife and two children and by 1901, as Mark Maskell, had moved to 4 Newton Street, Ipswich as an artist & picture restorer where he died as Christopher Mark in early 1933. Although not a member his oil 'Landscape with Sheep, Figures and Windmill' was exhibited at the 1974 centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club.




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