Charles Thomas Bale was born in Soho, London in 1849, the son of Thomas Bale, a basket maker. His older brother Thomas Charles Bale (1831-1899) was an artist and picture restorer. He lived with his family in St James, Westminster and although little is known about his education, he would have undoubtedly received encouragement and drawing tuition from his brother.
Bale started exhibiting from 1866 at the Institute of British Artists, Suffolk Street. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, the same year he married Caroline Leathem. Together, they spent their married life in St Pancras. He specialised in still life paintings predominantly of fruit, but he frequently incorporated baskets, a homage to his family’s profession, as well as pottery, glass and game. Bale’s work was influenced by the English still life artists George Lance and William Duffield. He was a prolific artist who enjoyed considerable success as a painter.
Examples of his work can be found in various museums and art galleries including the Bowes Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, Hepworth Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum, Reading Museum and the Salford Museum & Art Gallery. He died at St Pancras in 1925.
The paintings are housed in new, English made gilt frames which are in excellent condition.
|Image Size||23.5 inches x 19.5 inches (60cm x 49.5cm)|
|Framed Size||29.5 inches x 25.5 inches (75cm x 65cm)|