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Charles Knight ROI VPRWS (1901-1990)


Charles Knight, VPRWS ROI (1901-1990)

The Sussex landscape painter, Charles Knight, channelled the tradition of English watercolour painting in order to produce his own original contribution. As a result, he became a pillar of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours and received acclaim, from William Russell Flint, as the 'star turn' of the Recording Britain scheme.

Charles Knight was born in Hove, Sussex, on 27 August 1901, the second of three children of Charles Knight, an accountant to a publishing company, and his wife, Evelyn (née Nash). His father came from a family that had long farmed in Sussex, and remained a keen naturalist and artist, taking the young Charles on walking and sketching trips, and so initiating his love of the county. He grew up in central Brighton, first at 78 Ditchling Road and later at 61 Stanford Road, and was educated at Stanford Road Junior and Vardean School. He was also an active member of the Anglican church of St Bartholomew’s, Ann Street, and sang in its choir.

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