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Charles Atkins Graves

GRAVES, Charles Atkins, 1834/5-1918.  

12th April 1835: baptism at Folkestone of Charles Atkins Graves, son of John and Ann Graves He became an artist, a local drawing master, and according to John Mainwaring Baines, made useful topographical pictures.

With Charles Stevens he opened the School of Art and Design in Robertson Street (entrance from no. 3 Cambridge Rd), in 1863.  By 1874 he was a teacher of drawing and painting at no.6 Castle Terrace.  He died, aged 83, at 105 London Road, St Leonards.

1873: His "Beckley Church, Sussex" was exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists.

1884: His "Moonlit sea" was exhibited at the Royal Academy.  His address was given as 57 Kenilworth Road, St Leonards.

There are prints, drawings and watercolours in the HMAG collection.

Examples of his work, most of it local, can be seen online at which gives the locations of the paintings.

1881 Census - 85 London Road, St Leonards

Charles Graves.      Head. Unmarried. Aged 46. Artist Painter. Born Folkestone, Kent.

Ann E Graves.        Sister. Unmarried. Aged 50. Born Cheriton, kent.

Emily M Graves.     Sister. Unmarried. Aged 49. Born Cheriton, kent.

Rebecca M Graves. Sister. Unmarried. Aged 47. Born Folkestone, Kent.

George Graves.      Brother. Unmarried. Aged 41. Dentist. Born Folkestone, Kent.

Martha A Nemble.  Servant. Unmarried. Aged 18. Domestic. Born Brookland, Kent.

1891 Census - Silchester Rd

GRAVES Charlie A     Head  S  M   54  Landscape Painter  Folkestone

GRAVES Elizabeth M  Sister S  F    58                      Cheriton

1901 Census - Walkern, De Cham Road, St Leonards

Charles A Graves. Head. Single. Aged 66. Teacher of Drawing / School. Born Sandgate, Kent.

Emily M Graves. Sister. Unmarried. Aged 69. Born Sandgate, Kent.

Florence Barnes. Servant. Unmarried. Aged 20. General servant (domestic). Born Brede,

1910: 26 Southwater Road

1913: 105 London Road

1915: 105 London Road