Alfred Jerome Charles Collins (1851-1921)
Going To The Fair
176 x 88cm / 198 x 110cm oil on canvas
Charles Collins was born in Hampstead. He began painting landscapes with cattle and figures and became well known for these genre scenes both in oil and watercolour and also in etching and dry point. He worked as an illustrator for the publisher Ernest Nister.
In 1876 he was living at Sherwood House, 12 Arundel Road, Dorking and in this year married Georgiana Waddingham at St Martin’s Church. They had nine children together who he often included in his work. Two of his of his sons later became painters.
Although spending time in Cornwall with his friend; Dorking artist; George Gardiner, he remained loyal to Dorking. For many years, retaining the post of Art Master at Dorking High School.
He died in September 1921, after being knocked down in Vincent Lane. Charles and Georgiana are both buried in Dorking Cemetery.
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