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John Callcott Horsley, Painter, son of William Horsley and Elizabeth Hutchins Horsley [Callcott]
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John Callcott Horsley was born on 29th January 1817 the third child and eldest son of William Horsley and his wife Elizabeth Hutchins (nee Callcott) Horlsey. The Horsleys were established members of the music and arts London society and related to the painter Sir Augustus Wall Callcott. In 1823 the Horsleys moved to No 1, High Row, Kensington in London where John Callcott Horsley was to live for the rest of his life. In 1831 John entered the Royal Academy Schools where he met the painter Thomas Webster with whom he was to form a close working relationship that lasted throughout his life. On 25th August 1846 John married Elvira Catherine Jenny Walter but her death in 1852 followed by the death of their two sons, Edward and William, in 1854 from scarlet fever and the death of their last child, Frank, in 1857 marked a period of great sadness in John's life. On 13th June 1854 John married Rosamund Haden and together they had seven children three of whom were born at Cranbrook. In 1861 the Horsleys bought a second home at Wilsley in Cranbrook, as John was drawn to the artist's colony that had been established there by his lifelong friend Thomas Webster.

Frederick Daniel Hardy, George Hardy, Thomas Webster, George Bernard O'Neill, John Callcott Horsley and Augustus Edwin Mulready were an informal group of six professional painters known as the Cranbrook Colony that thrived in Cranbrook in the latter half of the nineteenth century. They were a close association of colleagues and friends, and, in the case of the Hardy brothers and G.B. O'Neill, distant relatives. All six were "Genre" painters depicting scenes from daily life, either real or imaginary and, through their work, we have an accurate depiction of the people and homes in the Cranbrook area during the Victorian age. Often the Colony used their children, families and friends as models with the Hardys and Webster focused on rustic interiors and O'Neill and Horsley on picturesque historic architecture. The six painters, who occupied The Old Studio in the High Street, were prolific in their work and exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy and the British Institution.

John Callcott Horsley was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1855 and a Royal Academician in 1864. He also served as treasurer at the Royal Academy from 1882 to 1897.

At the age of 86 on 19th October 1903 John Callcott Horsley died at High Row, Kensington and he was buried three days later at Kensal Green cemetery in London


See also How the 19th c. Cranbrook Colony were influenced in style and subject matter by the 17th c. Dutch Genre Masters.
Date
Type
Information
Source
 
29th Jan 1817
Born
At Brompton Row in the Parish of Kensington, London
ODNB web site
 
27th Feb 1817
Christened
In the Parish of Kensington, London
IGI - Family Search
 
1837
Il Futuro Del Regno
Il Futuro Del Regno, Oil painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1839
The Pride of the Village
The Pride of the Village, Oil on Mahogany painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1839
The Rival Performers
The Rival Performers, Oil on panel painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1839
The Contrast: Youth and Age
The Contrast: Youth and Age, Oil painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1841
Waiting for an Answer
Waiting for an Answer, Oil on panel painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1843
The First Christmas Card (designed for Sir Henry Cole)
The First Christmas Card (designed for Sir Henry Cole) painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
25th Aug 1846
Married
Elvira Catherine Jenny Walter at St. John the Evangelist, Ladbroke Grove in the Parish of Kensington, London
ODNB web site
London Metropolitan Archives
 
Jan to Mar 1848
Birth of a son
Edward William in the Parish of Kensington, London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1848 Q1 Vol 3 Page 335
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
July to Sep 1849
Birth of a son
Frank Callcott in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent; registered at Sevenoaks District, Kent; ref: 1849 Q3 Vol 5 Page 44?
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
1850
Birth of a son
Harry Maule in the Parish of Kensington, London
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
1853
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Alscham
Lady Jane Grey and Roger Alscham, Oil painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
13th Jun 1854
Married
Rosamund Haden at Holy Trinity in the Parish of Chelsea, London
ODNB web site
London Metropolitan Archives
 
Jan to Mar 1855
Birth of a son
Walter Charles in the Parish of Kensington, London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1855 Q1 Vol 1a Page 79
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
1856
Auld Grannie & the wee Nan; Highland Interior
Auld Grannie & the wee Nan; Highland Interior, Etching by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1856
Kept Waiting
Kept Waiting, Etching by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1856
Say "Not at Home"
Say "Not at Home", Etching by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
Apr to June 1856
Birth of a son
Hugh John in the Parish of Kensington, London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1856 Q2 Vo 1a Page 59
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
1857
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Oil on Canvas painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
Apr to June 1857
Birth of a son
Victor Alexander Haden in the Parish of Kensington, London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1857 Q2 Vol 1a Page 61
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
1858
Country Flower Girls
Country Flower Girls, Oil on Canvas painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
July to Sep 1858
Birth of a daughter
Emma Mary in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1858 Q3 Vol 2a Page 429
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
Oct to Dec 1859
Birth of a daughter
Fanny Marian in the Parish of Kensington, London; registered at Kensington District, London; ref: 1859 Q4 Vol 1a Page 72
1861 Census
Kensington, London
 
Oct to Dec 1862
Birth of a son
Gerald Callcott in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1862 Q4 Vol 2a Page 511
1881 Census
Kensington, London
 
1863
St. Valentine's Morning
St. Valentine's Morning, Oil on Canvas painted by John Callcott Horsley
Wolverhampton Art Galery
 
Jan to Mar 1864
Birth of a daughter
Rosamund Brunel in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1864 Q1 Vol 2a Page 567
1881 Census
Kensington, London
 
1865
A Pleasant Corner
A Pleasant Corner, Oil on Canvas painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1870
The Truants
The Truants, Oil painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1876
Coming to Dinner
Coming to Dinner, Oil painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
1877
The World Forgetting - Sunday Afternoon in Kensington Gardens
The World Forgetting - Sunday Afternoon in Kensington Gardens, Oil on Canvas painted by John Callcott Horsley
Wolverhampton Art Galery
 
1883
Wedding Rings
Wedding Rings, Oil on Board painted by John Callcott Horsley
Private collection
 
19th Oct 1903
Died
At 1 High Row in the Parish of Kensington, London; aged 86 years
ODNB web site
 
22nd Oct 1903
Buried
At Kensal Green Cemetery, in London
ODNB web site
 
21st Dec 1903
Will proven
London; Effects: £22,012 9s 2d
Probate Registry of England and Wales

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Horsley individual records
The ancestral pedigree of John Callcott Horsley, Painter
   
 William Horsleym: 12th Jan 1812 Kensington, LondonElizabeth Hutchins Callcott 
 b: 18th Nov 1774
d: 1858
  b: 1793
d: 1875
  
        
 Mary Elizabeth Frances Arabella John Callcott Sophia Hutchins Catherine Ann Henry William Charles Edward 
 b: 1814 Kensington, London
ch: 19th Jan 1814
 b: 1815 Kensington, London
ch: 4th Aug 1815
 b: 29th Jan 1817 Brompton Row, Kensington, London
ch: 27th Feb 1817
d: 19th Oct 1903 1 High Row, Kensington, London, aged 86 years
bur: 22nd Oct 1903 Kensal Green Cemetery, London
 b: 1819 Kensington, London
ch: 12th Mar 1819
 b: 1820 Kensington, London
ch: 7th Apr 1820
 b: 1821 Kensington, London
ch: 20th Feb 1822
 b: 16th Dec 1822 Kensington, London
ch: 16th Dec 1822
d: 28th Feb 1876 New York, USA
 
                 
Parental record
   
   
   
1st marriage John Callcott Horsleym: 25th Aug 1846 St. John the Evangelist, Ladbroke Grove, Kensington, LondonElvira Catherine Jenny Walter 
 b: 29th Jan 1817 Brompton Row, Kensington, London
ch: 27th Feb 1817
d: 19th Oct 1903 1 High Row, Kensington, London, aged 86 years
bur: 22nd Oct 1903 Kensal Green Cemetery, London
  b: 1821 London, daughter of William Walter
d: Oct to Dec 1852 registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1852 Q4 Vol 1a Page 36
  
    
 Edward William Frank Callcott Harry Maule 
 b: Jan to Mar 1848 Kensington, London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1848 Q1 Vol 3 Page 335
ch: 1st Jan 1848
d: Jan to Mar 1854 cause of death: scarlet fever registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1854 Q1 Vol 1a Page 46
 b: July to Sep 1849 Sevenoaks, Kent registered at Sevenoaks District, Kent ref: 1849 Q3 Vol 5 Page 44?
ch: 25th Sep 1849 Kensington, London
d: Jan to Mar 1857 registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1857 Q1 Vol 1a Page 51
 b: 1850 Kensington, London
ch: 30th Dec 1850
d: Jan to Mar 1854 cause of death: scarlet fever registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1854 Q1 Vol 1a Page 29
 
Family record
    
2nd marriage John Callcott Horsleym: 13th Jun 1854 Holy Trinity, Chelsea, LondonRosamund Haden 
 b: 29th Jan 1817 Brompton Row, Kensington, London
ch: 27th Feb 1817
d: 19th Oct 1903 1 High Row, Kensington, London, aged 86 years
bur: 22nd Oct 1903 Kensal Green Cemetery, London
  b: 16th Nov 1820 Chelsea, London
ch: 22nd Jan 1821 St. James, Westminster, London
d: Jan to Mar 1912 aged 91 years registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1912 Q1 Vol 1a Page 160
  
        
 Walter Charles Hugh John Victor Alexander Haden Emma Mary Fanny Marian Gerald Callcott Rosamund Brunel 
 b: Jan to Mar 1855 Kensington, London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1855 Q1 Vol 1a Page 79 b: Apr to June 1856 Kensington, London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1856 Q2 Vo 1a Page 59 b: Apr to June 1857 Kensington, London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1857 Q2 Vol 1a Page 61
d: 1916
 b: July to Sep 1858 Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1858 Q3 Vol 2a Page 429
ch: 12th Sep 1858 St Dunstan's Church
 b: Oct to Dec 1859 Kensington, London registered at Kensington District, London ref: 1859 Q4 Vol 1a Page 72 b: Oct to Dec 1862 Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1862 Q4 Vol 2a Page 511 b: Jan to Mar 1864 Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1864 Q1 Vol 2a Page 567
ch: 11th Apr 1864 St Dunstan's Church
 

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