Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Charles Edward Conder (1868-1909), Painter

Artist; born 24 October 1868, in London. Trainee surveyor in Australia before devoting himself to art; exhibition debut Melbourne 1889; member of ‘Heidelberg School’ 1889–90; studied in Paris 1890–91, where met Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas and others, after which alternated between Britain and France; exhibitor at Siegfried Bing’s maison de l’art nouveau, Paris 1896, member of New English Art Club 1900, contributor to The Yellow Book, and associate of Decadent poets and artists, including Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Dowson (whose portrait by Conder is NPG 2209); oil works feature landscape and seaside scenes, watercolour subjects, often on silk, are historically fanciful; married Stella Belford, a wealthy widow, 1901 and settled in London; died 9 February 1909, in Surrey, from long-term venereal disease.

In youth he was remembered as ‘beautiful to look at, with a head like an antique marble and a sleepy charm’.[1] Later, he appeared ‘all artist – a child. He loved singing and songs – and he loved wine too well … his talk meandered in a soft, slightly incoherent, charming voice and he had the habit of running his hand through his hair with a rather helpless movement.’[2]

Dr Jan Marsh

Footnotesback to top

1) Hartrick 1939, p.51.
2) O. Morrell, Ottoline: The Early Memoirs of Lady Ottoline Morrell, London, 1963, p.139.

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