Alfred Chantrey Corbould

1852 - 1920

Born at Kensington, London in 1852, second son of artist Alfred Hitchins Corbould [q.v.] and his wife Mary Grace née Keene (of the Suffolk family), who married at Kensington in 1848, and grandson of Henry Corbould. Named after Sir Francis Chantrey, R.A. who was a godfather to his uncle. In 1861 a 9 year old living at 29 Victoria Road, Kensington with his parents, 39 year old Alfred and 35 year old Mary and three siblings. He studied under his uncle Charles Keene [q.v.] War correspondent for The Graphic during the Russo-Turkish War, illustrator for the Punch also for Harpers Magazine (1885).

He married at Kensington in 1884, Sidney Ann Jones, but in 1901-1911, Alfred was living at 8 Pembroke Road, Kensington, with a housekeeper, but in 1901, his wife described herself as 38 and single, staying at 16 Southsea Terrace, Portsmouth and in 1911 as a 49 year old 'widow' staying at Burlington House, 9 Osborne Road, Southsea. Their only child, Francis Chantrey Corbould (born 24 August 1886) was missing. Sidney died at Romsey, Hampshire in 1934, aged 77.

Sporting artist and caricaturist he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists including ‘The Wrong Side of the Post’ (1893), also at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1893. In 1901, he produced a book of hunting pictures The Corbould Sporting Alphabet in which he also wrote the letterpress and Illustrator for Riding for Ladies, by Mrs. Power O'Donoghue. He died at Kensington, London in 1920. He used the names A. Chantry Corbould; Alfred Chantry Corbould; Alfred Chantry Corbould; Aster Chantrey Corbould and Chantrey A. Corbould.


Book and magazine illustrator; born in London, a member of the large Corbould family of painters. Studied with his maternal uncle Charles Keene; from 1871, contributed to Punch, specializing in fox-hunting scenes; exhibited RA 1879–87; also contributed to the Graphic and was sent to illustrate the Russo-Turkish war 1877; member of Royal Society of British Artists from 1893.

Of the Corbould family, the best-known are Henry (1787–1844), and his eldest son Edward Henry (1815–1905); Alfred Chantrey’s father was Henry’s third son Alfred Hitchens Corbould (exh. 1844–64). Another relative and coeval was the painter Aster R. Chantrey Corbould (1850–1920), whose Kensington address between 1868 and 1874 was later occupied by Alfred Chantrey, who was living there with his widowed mother and younger siblings in the 1880s. His brother Walton Corbould (b.1859) was also an illustrator, and artist of the portrait of Charles Keene. Alfred Chantrey (also known as ‘Dick’) was described as ‘a great club man’ and drinking companion.


CORBOULD, Alfred Chantrey, R.B.A. (1852-1920) Illustrator. Addres: 86, Warwick Gardens.

1879. 1191 - "It's an ill wind that blows nobody good." Original sketch for Punch.

1200. - "Pity the frozen out foxhunters." Original sketch for Punch. 1289. - "Saints in the shires." Original sketch for Punch. Address: 8, Pembroke Road, Kensington.

1885. 1706 - "Arry with the arriers." Original of a cut to Punch.

1887. 1553 - "Artist's puzzle (picture gone to the Royal Academy): Will it be hung?" Original for a cut in Punch.