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Edmund Morison Wimperis VPRI (1835-1900)

Edmund Morison Wimperis, VPRI (1835-1900)

Having established himself as an illustrator early in his career, Edmund Morison Wimperis went on to distinguish himself as a painter, and particularly a landscape watercolourist (becoming a notable member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours). His best work was painted en plain air, and ‘dealt tenderly with the form and movement of spacious skies, and boldly with fleeting shadows cast over broken ground’ (Martin Hardie, Water-colour Painting in Britain, Vol III: The Victorian Period, London: B T Batsford, 1968, Page 157).

Edmund Morison Wimperis was born at Flocker’s Brook, Chester, on 6 February 1835, the second of eight children of Edmund Richard Wimperis, the cashier of the lead works, Messrs Walker, Parker & Co, and his wife, Mary (née Morison). His father had once been a school drawing teacher, and three of his sisters also became artists.

Wimperis initially worked in a local bank, but in his teens he moved to London to undertake an apprenticeship with the wood engraver, Mason Jackson. As Jackson was art editor of
The Illustrated London News from 1860, he was able to offer Wimperis a number of illustrative commissions. He also collaborated with W J Palmer, another of Jackson’s pupils, on illustrations to a large number of publications.

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