Charles M. Gere



Charles March Gere, RA, RWS (5 June 1869 – 3 August 1957) was an English painter, illustrator of books, and stained glass and embroidery designer associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. He painted his signal work in 1897 entitled The Lady of Grey Days. The painting was purchased in 1912 and given to Aurora Howard by her mother. She was a descendant of the Earl of Carlisle (of Castle Howard). It was last seen in public in 1988 when it was included in the Barbican exhibition The Last Romantics and used as a poster to advertise the exhibition on most London Underground stations. It is illustrated on the internet and is in a private collection.

A member of the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen that formed around Joseph Southall, Gere taught at the Birmingham School of Art under Edward R. Taylor and illustrated many books for William Morris's Kelmscott Press, including the frontispiece to Morris's own News from Nowhere.

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