BASKETT, Charles Edward

1845 - 1929

Born at Culver Street, Colchester, Essex on 5 November 1845, son of William Baskett, master shoe-maker, and his wife Patience. He married at Colchester in 1878, Mary Ann née Baskett, six years after the birth of their son Charles Henry Baskett [q.v.]. Charles began his working life as a plumber and later studied under Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) at Bushey Art School and took up printmaking in 1910 and by 1922 had produced nearly 100 plates, almost all of these were aquatints depicting the low-lying countryside and coastline of the locality. A still life painter and etcher and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1896-1927 and exhibited from Felixstowe in 1915, four works, a mezzotint 'The Howling Wintry Sea', two etchings 'In the Pool of London' and 'Houses of Parliament from Lambeth' and a charcoal drawing 'Rough Sea of Hastins' and from 'Almount', Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex in 1923 a watercolour 'West Mersea'. He also exhibited at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and the Royal Hibernian Academy from Colchester, Essex in 1883 and from Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1913. His Royal Academy exhibits included ‘On the Marshes, Evening’ 1893 and ‘An old Stackyard, Winter’ 1895. In 1911 he was living at 14 Hospital Road, Colchester but had retired and moved to Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe by 1913 where his wife died in 1918, aged 70. He died at Chelmsford, Essex on 29 July 1929, aged 83. One of his etchings was shown at the centenery of Ipswich Art Club in 1974 'The Last Drink'.




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