Edmund Morison Wimperis

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Edmund Morison Wimperis (6 February 1835 Flocker's Brook, Chester - 25 December 1900 Southbourne, Christchurch, Hampshire), was an English wood-engraver and watercolour painter and member of The Arts Club.[1][2]


He was the eldest son of Mary and Edmund Richard Wimperis. Edmund was a cashier of Messrs. Walker, Parker, & Co.'s lead works at Chester. [3] Artistically, the members of this family were unusually talented and were all raised in Chester. They were close friends of Charles Kingsley, the author of Water Babies, who at that time was canon of Chester Cathedral. They were also connected by marriage to the Brontës through a Maria Branwell, the mother of famous sisters. The girls were members of the Naturalists Field Club, with Kingsley as leader.

About 1851, Edmund was apprenticed to a wood engraver, Mason Jackson, for seven years. He also trained under Myles Birket Foster. From about 1863, he worked for the publisher Joseph Cundall and for the Illustrated London News. Later in his life he started to paint and sketch with Thomas Collier.

When aged about 38 he became a professional landscape watercolourist and member of the Society of British Artists. In 1874, he joined the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and went on to become one of its foremost members, being elected Vice-President in 1895. In 1879–80, he accompanied his two sisters Fanny and Jenny on a visit to their sister, Susanna, married and living in Dunedin in New Zealand.[4] He stayed for some months, exhibiting at the Otago Art Society in 1880.

He died at Southbourne, Christchurch, Hampshire, on 25 December 1900.[3]


On 11 April 1863 he married Anne Harry Edmonds (*c1841 Penzance), daughter of Walter Edmonds of Penzance,[3] whose mother was a cousin of Maria Branwell, and Ann Courtenay Harry of Helston, and raised a family of two sons and two daughters, all of whom were talented artists.[5][6]

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainDodgson, Campbell (1901). "Wimperis, Edmund Morison". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co.