Fonds MC 3462 - Papers relating to Charles Harmony Harrison (1842-1902) of Great Yarmouth, artist

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MC 3462


Papers relating to Charles Harmony Harrison (1842-1902) of Great Yarmouth, artist


  • 1875-1972 (Creation)

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Born in Row 33, Great Yarmouth, 1842, the son of Charles Waine Harrison, a stonemason, and his wife Catherine. He was apprenticed to Mr Platt of Yarmouth, sign writer. He joined the Yarmouth Artillery Volunteers briefly in May 1859, and shortly afterwards the Yarmouth Rifle Volunteers, becoming a sergeant in 1867.

Harrison was given a box of unwanted paints in 1870, and embarked on a career as a professional artist, in 1872 receiving his first commission, which was to draw Old Ramp Row, Yarmouth. As an artist he was known for his watercolours of the Norfolk landscape. Although he moved to London in 1878 he returned to Yarmouth within a year.

He married twice: firstly Edith Porter in 1866, and then after her death in 1876, Emma Read of Yarmouth in 1878. He had thirteen children.

In his later years he suffered from deafness, rheumatism and depression. He died in Yarmouth in 1902 aged 60.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 September 2018 (ACC 2018/97). List completed 18 September 2018 (JW).

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