Artist biography

Charles Wellington FURSE 1868–1904

Painter of portraits and figure subjects, influenced by Whistler and Sargent; lecturer and writer on art. Born 13 January 1868 at Staines, Middlesex; his brother was the sculptor John H. M. Furse. Studied at the Slade School under Legros 1884, in Paris at the Académie Julian and at the Westminster School of Art under Fred Brown. Spent the winter of 1887–8 at St Moritz and in 1895 visited South Africa for his health. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1888; N.E.A.C. and New Gallery from 1891. Member of the N.E.A.C. 1892. Founder-member of the International Society 1898. Visited Italy 1895, and Spain and Italy 1903. Painted decorations in the Town Hall, Liverpool, 1899–1901. Wintered at Davos 1901–3. A.R.A. 1904. Died of tuberculosis at his home near Camberley, Surrey, 6 October 1904. Memorial exhibition at the B.F.A.C. 1906.

Lit: B.F.A.C., Illustrated Memoir of Charles Wellington Furse, A.R.A., 1908; Dame Katharine Furse, Hearts and Pomegranates, 1940.


Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I