This interesting, if gloomy picture is
by Paul Brinson (he appears to have preferred to use the name Paul to
his first name of John) who exhibited from about 1895 to 1920. He exhibited at
the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the
Royal Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery.
Paul Brinson was born in Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire. He was a
founder and secretary of the British Watercolour Society and lived in
Uxbridge and Reading at different times. The above is a landscape in pastel, but he also painted in
watercolours. A mention of his work is present in the book
"Reminiscences" by Charles Allen Shufrey who was also a member of the
British Watercolour Society.
Paul Brinson's father was John Brimson,
a fine art dealer and lay preacher, who was born in 1820, but later
changed his named to Brinson for reasons that are not known. Paul
married Emily Alice Rampton in 1919 in Reading who was 30 years younger
and lived until 1965. Apparently they had no children and were separated
before he died, which probably explains why most of his estate was left
to his two brothers at his death. He died in Park Lodge Nursing Home,
Bath Road, Reading in 1927.
Note that some of the above information
was provided by an existing member of the Brimson family who's web site
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