TRACY, Charles Dunlop

1870 - 1948

Born at 9 St John's Street, Chichester, Sussex on 28 May 1870, son of Revd Frederick Francis Tracy, rector of St Pancras, Chichester, and his wife Adelaide née Borrer, who married at Steyning, Sussex in 1857. Educated at King William's College, Isle of Man and at Cloford House School, Kirkley near Lowestoft, Suffolk and in 1901, giving no occupation, was boarding at 9 Colisseum Terrace, St Pancras, London. In October 1905 he had a solo exhibtion at the Clifford Gallery 'Paintings of West Coast and Deep Seas' he also exhibited at the London Salon, the Royal Society of Marine Painters and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, from Kingston Buci, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex (1908-1912) and in the 1911 Show Day at St Ives, Cornwall he exhibited three paintings, all of which were seascapes, also showing at the Peasenhall Art & Antique Gallery in Suffolk. He married at Kensington, London on 15 January 1909, Rosita MacAndrew (14 August 1866-1957) and spent sometime in America, before 1914 when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery. Rising to the rank of Captain during which time he wrote 'Revolver Shooting in War' (1915) and was awarded an O.B.E. By 1932 he was living at Reed House, Holbrook near Ipswich, Suffolk and later they lived at Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1932-1947 and exhibited from Reed House, Holbrook in 1932 two oils 'A Moonlight Memory' and 'The Timber Ship', five oils in 1933 'The Evening Flood, Westward Ho', 'A Labrador Berg', 'The Barque, Winterhude', 'Bargaining for the Tide' and 'In Company', in 1943 four oils 'The Grain Ship', 'Silver Lining', 'Moonlight Melody' and 'An Iceberg of Labrador', in 1944 six oils 'Barges on the Orwell', 'The Prelude of the Night', 'Cornish Fishermen', 'Silver Lining', 'Their Guiding Light' and 'Moonlight, Cornish Coast' and was a regular exhibitor with Mrs. C. Tracy (late Charles D. Tracy) exhibiting from 'Holt', 33 Jupiter Road, Ipswich in 1948 his three oil paintings 'Silver Symphony', 'Evening after the Storm' and 'Memory' and at their centenary exhibition in 1974 his 'Evening after the Storm' was again on show. He died at Ipswich in 1948.

Mrs Rosita Tracy (14 August 1866-1957), was an hon. member of the Ipswich Art Club 1948-1957 but only exhibited her late husband's works. Rosita MacAndrew was born at Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, daughter of wealthy bank director William MacAndrew, born Elgin, Scotland and his first wife Maria Rachel Matthews (1834-1873), who was born in El Sagrario, Arequipa, Peru on 11 December 1834, daughter of Diego Guillermo Matthews, an Englishman, and his wife Maria Mercedes Sanches Cosio, a Peruvian, who married at El Sagrario on 2 January 1830. William and Maria married at St Bride's, Liverpool in October 1855. William's second wife was Mariana Birch of Wiston, Suffolk but had no further issue. The MacAndrew's were landowners of Westwood House, Great Horkesley, Essex but Rosita Tracy was still giving her address as Jupiter Road, Ipswich in 1956. The Tracey's only son Geoffrey Borrer Matthews (1910-1913) died in 1913 aged just 3 years.




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