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Richard Samuel Chattock

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Richard Samuel Chattock
Born(1825-08-23)23 August 1825
Solihull, England
Died30 January 1906(1906-01-30) (aged 80)
Clifton, Bristol, England
The Gin by Richard Samuel Chattock

Richard Samuel Chattock JP RBSA (23 August 1825 – 30 January 1906) was an English printmaker, painter and etcher.[1]


Chattock was born in Solihull (then in Warwickshire), the third son of Thomas Chattock, a solicitor. After studying at Rugby School, he too entered the legal profession. However, in the late 1850s he began following his interest in art, exhibiting his work in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.[2] From 1869 to 1891, he exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts.[3]

Chattock often painted rural scenes and architectural subjects. In 1872, he completed his most famous works, sixteen etchings that depict the industrial landscape of the Black Country considered an unusual choice for artists.[4] For each etching, Chattock gave a description of what is being portrayed, and often how the objects in the etchings were used in the industry.[5] While these descriptions tell of the "intense desolation"[5] of the Black Country, due to an industry that "ransacked [its] depths",[5] Chattock is often focused on what he calls "single picturesqueness, if not beauty."[5]

In 1876 and 1881, he became a member of the RBSA and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers respectively. He published a manual for other artists entitled Practical Notes on Etchings in 1883.[4]

He died at St Vincent's Hall, Clifton, Bristol, age 81.[6]


  1. ^ Parsons, Harold (1977). From the Black Country. Black Country Society. p. 41. ISBN 9780904015126. The artist Richard Samuel Chattock was a member of a family which had been settled for centuries in West Bromwich. ... R. S. Chattock was born on 23 August 1825, the third son of Thomas Chattock of Solihull.
  2. ^ Wildman, Stephen (1990). The Birmingham School (Exhibition Catalogue). Birmingham: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  3. ^ Peters, Greg; Peters, Connie. "Richard Samuel Chattock". Art of the Print. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Flynn, Brendan (2014). RBSA A Place for Art The Story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Birmingham: Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-9930294-0-0.
  5. ^ a b c d Richard S. Chattock (1887). "The Black Country, Sixteen etchings illustrative of the coal and iron district South Staffordshire, with descriptive letterpress to each plate". Exhibition of Engineers. Birmingham: Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
  6. ^ "Deaths". The Times. 3 February 1906. p. 1.

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