Charles Branwhite

(1817 - 15 February 1880)

Welsh andscape painter, son of Nathan Branwhite [q.v.], was born at Bristol in 1817, and there studied art under his father, beginning as a sculptor. His association and friendship, however, with William John Muller, also a native of Bristol, induced him to give his undivided attention to water-colour painting, and his pictures, from the year 1849, formed no small attraction in the gallery in Pall Mall East. He adopted this change of art notwithstanding the fact that he had gained silver medals for bas-reliefs in 1837 and 1838 at the Society of Arts. His style of painting shows much of Muller's influence. Some of his most striking landscapes represent frost scenes. Among his works are: 'Post Haste,' 'April Showers on the Eastern Coast,' 'An old Lime-kiln,' 'Kilgarren Castle,' 'Winter Sunset,' 'Old Salmon Trap on the Conway,' 'The Environs of an Ancient Garden,' 1852, 'A Frozen Ferry,' 1853 (this and the previous picture received prizes from the Glasgow Art Union), 'Ferry on the Thames' (at the London International Exhibition, 1862), 'A Black Frost.' 'Snow Storm, North Wales,' 'Salmon Poaching,' 'On the River Dee, North Wales.'

[Art Journal (N.S.), xix. 208; Bryan's Dict. of Painters and Engravers (ed. Graves).]

Branwhite, Charles. (Brit,) Born, 1817 Son of a miniature painter, from whom he received his first instructions in art. Began his career as a sculptor and received the silver medals of the Society of Arts in 1837 and '38 for figures in bas-relief. He began painting a few years later, exhibiting in provincial galleries of England with considerable success. He was elected an Associate of the Society of Painters in Water-Colors about 1850, and still contributes regularly to its gallery. Among his later works are, "Post Haste," "A Mountain Stream, North Wales," "April Showers on the Eastern Coast," "Kilgarren Castle," "An Old Lime-Kiln," "Winter Sunset," "Winter Twilight, "A Black Frost," "The Old Salmon-Trap on the Conway," "Snow-Storm, North Wales," "Moonlight, "Salmon Poaching," etc. Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works. By Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.