Alfred Charles Jerome Collins was born in Hampstead in 1851. He was the son of the artist Alfred Collins and his maternal uncles were also painters. He initially worked as picture restorer before attending art school. He is believed to have started signing his works Charles Collins to avoid confusion with his father. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1867 and at the New Watercolour Society and also had his work hung at the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery.
He moved to Dorking around 1876 where he married Georgiana Waddingham. Together they had nine children. His son George Edward Collins (1880-1968) also became an artist. Collins was known for his landscape paintings of Surrey and rustic genre scenes but he also produced etchings. He worked as a book illustrator and post card designer for the publisher Ernest Nister and held the post of Art Master at Dorking High School. Collins became friends with another Dorking artist George Gardiner and they often went on sketching holidays together in Cornwall. He died in September 1921, after being knocked down and was buried in Dorking Cemetery.
A collection of his work including drawings and paintings can be found at the Dorking Museum. Other paintings can be found at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Salford Museum, Towneley Hall Art Gallery and York Museum.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||19.5 inches x 29.5 inches (49.5cm x 75cm)|
|Framed Size||29.5 inches x 39.5 inches (75cm x 100.5cm)|