WINTER, Cornelius Jansen Walter

1817 - 1890

Baptised at St Mary’s church, Bungay, Suffolk in November 1817, son of John Winter (1791-1867) [q.v.] and his wife Martha née Watson. He was baptised again on 20 December 1818, on his parents move to worship in Bungay Independent Chapel. He probably trained as an artist under his father who was a stained glass artist and was a pupil of Edwin Coopser [q.v.]. On 3 June 1841 Cornelius married at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Anna Self Shipston, daughter of Samuel Shipston, a butcher of Harleston, Norfolk and they had six children, Walter William (1842-1924), a renowned photographer of Derby, Arthur Jansen (1843-1874), Elizabeth Anna (1846-1922), Neville Wilkie (1848-1849), Holmes Edwin Cornelius (1851-1935) and, shortly before Anna's death on 28 February 1853, Ellen (1853-1941). In 1851, a 32 year old portrait and animal painter living at Regent Street, Great Yarmouth with his 27 year old wife Anna, born Harleston and four of their children who were all born at Great Yarmouth from where Cornelius became a life-long friend of Dawson Turner, the banker, and illustrated some of his books. His wife died at Great Yarmouth in 1853 and in 1861 a 39[sic] year old painter of animals, portraits &c. at 25 Regent’s Street, Great Yarmouth with 18 year old Walter, a ornamental painter, 13 year old Anna and 8 year old Holmes about which time he moved to Gorleston, then in Suffolk but now in Norfolk. Cornelius is very unsure of his own and children’s ages and describes himself at different times as a portrait painter, in 1881 as a painter of animals, and in a directory two years later from Cattle Market Street, Norwich as ‘artist, antiquarian draughtsman, heraldic painter, dealer in old prints, curiosities, &c.’. By this time an impecunious widower with only his eight-year-old grandson Arthur for company living at Castle Meadow, Norwich. Between 1869 and 1879 he published illustrations of the rood screens at Barton Turf, Ranworth and Fritton churches, then, over four years from 1885 he published, in three parts a year to subscribers, his 'Norfolk Antiquities' (London 1889) which were bound into two volumes. He died in Norwich in 1890, aged 71[sic]. His son Holmes Edwin Cornelius Winter (1851-1935) was also a painter who sometimes called himself ‘Rowland Winter’ but he was overtaken by insanity.





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