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Frederick William Sturge (1858-1939) - Late 19th Century Watercolour, Wet Sands



A charming late 19th Century coastal view in watercolour showing waves gently lapping on the wet sands of a picturesque beach. The artist has signed to the lower right. On wove board.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.


32 x 51cm (12.6" x 20.1")

Artist Biography

F.W.Sturge was born in about 1858 in Gloucester. He generally painted in watercolours and after training at the Slade exhibited from 1878 to 1908 (for example at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, the Ridley Art Club and in Birmingham). He lived in Cornwall and Gloucester at different times.
His full name was Frederic William Sturge, but he preferred to use the name William apparently (he was an officer in an army Territorial regiment in India in the first World War and was known locally in Cornwall as "Major Bill"). He sold some scenes done in India on his return home. He came from a well known west country family and was related to Joseph Sturge (1793-1859), a philanthropist and slavery abolition campaigner, and William Allen Sturge (1850-1919), a physician.
The artist was the son of Edwin Sturge - he married Charlotte Gryles (from a Cornish family), although no offspring of this marriage are known, and finally settled in Tintagel on his return from India. He died in about 1939.

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Code rj291
Artist Frederick William Sturge (1858-1939)
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 32 x 51cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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