WIGG, Charles Mayes

1889 - 1969

Charles Mayes Wigg was born at Nottingham on 13 January 1889 and baptised at Eaton St Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk on 21 December 1890, son of Mayes Wigg (21 February 1856-1941), a bank manager, and his wife Agnes née Sadbury (11 April 1864-1948), who married at North Walsham, Norfolk on 15 August 1886. In 1901, Charles was a 12 year living at High Street, Watton, Norfolk with his parents, 45 year old Mayes and 37 year old Agnes, with siblings Agnes Dorothy 13 and Roland 7 and by 1911 Charles was a 22 year old artist painter, still living with his family but now at Barclays Bank, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk. Wigg painted during childhood visits to Florence and educated at educated at Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk and studied at Norwich School of Art and later studied with Frank Spenlove-Spenlove (1864-1933) at his Yellow Door School of Art in Beckenham, Kent. During the First World War, Wigg served with the British Army and saw active service at Gaza but in 1916, was invalided out of the army with severe leg injuries which left him with a disability for the rest of his life. Returning to his career as an artist and illustrator, he subsequently found life afloat easier than life on land and for many years lived and painted in a house-boat on the Norfolk Broads. He also had studios at The Thatched House, Brundall, his parents' home, and at Rose Cottage, Barton Turf. Wigg was a landscape artist working mostly in watercolours and as an etcher, with the occasional paintings in oils, his subjects were the Norfolk coast and scenery of the Broads and his etchings were mostly of boats. He exhibited regularly at the Norwich Art Circle between 1909 and 1936, at the Royal Academy in 1915 and also with the British Water-colour Society and exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society in 1933 from Rose Cottage, Barton Turf, Neatishead, Norfolk an oil painting 'The River Bure at Acle'. In 1939 living with his parents at The Thatched House, New Road, Brundall described at 'landscape artist. He married late in life at Norwich in 1952, his mother's nurse Ethel Harwood which proved to be a difficult marriage. He spent his last few years as a widower living with his brother Roland (1893-1974) in Eastbourne, unable to paint which he had once enjoyed and he died at St Mary's Hospital, Eastbourne on 2 March 1969, leaving an estate of 47,510.




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