William PASCOE (1)

1819—1892

Born at East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon on 8 August 1819, his birth was
recorded by the minister at How Street Baptist church in 1837, son of William
Pascoe, carver and gilder, and his wife Elizabeth. An animal and equestrian
painter making his living by taking commissions from horse owners and
travelled around the West Country, his work includes 'Shire Horses' dated
Richmond 1845 and a portrait of a Devonshire Bull, dated 29 December 1855. He
married at Charles the Martyr Church, Plymouth in 1862, Sarah Jane Rogers and
moved to East Anglia where their son William Claude Lorraine (1867-1961) was
born at Rose Cottage, Mill Hill, Newmarket on 25 December 1867, and a second
son, Edward Albert was born at Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire in 1869. He painted
several pictures during this period including a study of a blue and white
greyhound with a hare, dated 1863, 'Hippia and a Bay Filly in a Stable'
inscribed 'Newmarket' dated July 1867, and J.D.Wragg's 'Favourites'. In 1871
a 51 year old animal painter & gilder living at 2 East Road, St. Andrew the
Less, Cambridge, with his 30 year old wife Sarah J., a 9 year old daughter
Rosa J. R. and two sons 3 year old William C. L. and 1 year old Edwin A; Rosa
Jane Rogers was born at Plymouth in 1862. The family then moved to 46 Grant
Road, Battersea, London where Sarah Jane died in 1876, aged 34, and in 1879
William married again at Wandsworth Registry Office, 22 year old Charlotte
Filmer (1859-1944) and in 1881 a 54 year old animal & landscape painter
living at 45 Tunbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent with his 22 year old wife
Charlotte, born Peckham Rye, 11 year old Edwin and his 17 year old
sister-in-law Annie Filmer. They emigrated to the United States of America
arriving in New York on the 'Persian Monarch' in October 1883. In America he
carried on his painting, following the racing circuit, and where he had a
further daughter, Ida, born at Covington, Kentucky in 1884. He travelled
widely in America; at Lexinton where his painting included 'The King' (1884)
for owner Judge H. M. Whitehead and in Kentucky including 'King Alfonso'
(1884) for A. J. Alexander also had commissions in Chigago, Long Island,
Saratoga and Covington, but on returning to England seems to have been in
poor financial situation in 1890 when requesting financial aid from the 3rd
Earl of Morley. In 1891 was living in lodgings at 23 Clifton Street,
Brighton, Sussex, with Charlotte and Ida. He died at 8 Pentonville Road,
Brighton on 31 December 1892. In 1901 Charlotte and Ida were living at 3
Hazelwood Terrace, Herne Bay, Kent. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1842
'View on the Caddiver River, Dartmoor' and at the British Institution for
Promoting the Fine Arts 'View of Gretton Bridge, near Launceston of the River
Tamar, Cornwall' exhibiting in both in the two following years. The picture
of J. D. Wragg's 'Favourites' has inscribed on the canvas 'by E. W. Roscoe of
Newmarket and Chesterton Road, Cambridge. July 1869' and maybe a different
artist but I have found no other at Cambridge.

[With many thanks to Tony Copsey, of the Suffolk Artists' Index]