Upton was born in Birmingham and studied there at the College of Art before entering the RA Schools. Later on he was to teach painting there at the Royal Academy where he also exhibited in the summer shows from about 1990.
Early on in his career he studied on scholarship at the British School in Rome (1962), and later was to have exhibitions in London and abroad including the Yale Centre for British Art, in New Haven (1987) and the Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York that same year. Locally he exhibited with the NSA and also at the Great Atlantic Map Works, St Just. He worked latterly from the Old Chapel Studio, Mousehole, painting always on a small scale, in both watercolour and oils.
For many years, he struggled with diabetes, and eventually this was to force the amputation of both legs. He died in 2002 in Redruth, still painting from his hospital bed.
Born in Truro on May 10, 1845 (GRO), Bednar has noted a painting by the artist with a Newlyn title in 1872, Early Morning - Newlyn; and again in 1878 he was exhibiting at the RCPS with two Newlyn Courtyard scenes.
Uren (also seen written as U'REN) was an artist working primarily on seascapes and coastal studies of Devon and Cornwall. He had also worked at Lamorna before the colony of painters was established there. Until the 1890s he lived at Penzance but moved on to Plymouth just before the end of the century, continuing to paint in Cornwall.
His marriage to Eliza Catherine Mollard aka Cate took place at Madron in 1876. In the 1891 Census they are living at The Willows, Cornwall Terrace, Penzance. He and his wife were parents to ten children, five girls and five boys, all of whom were born in Penzance, with the exception of the youngest who was born in Plymouth (1899).
At the Opening Exhibition of NAG (1895) he was well represented with watercolours of Cornish coastal scenery.
There is some confusion as to the signature and identification of the J C Uren paintings, and even to his name. A correspondent (2012) suggests, after extensive research, that John Clarke Isaac Uren may also be the same person as John Clarkson Uren (sometimes written as John Clarksen U'ren with the same dates). And Tovey in his study of St Ives (1860-1930) gives him the name of James Clarkson Uren. Whether or not this is one artist, or perhaps two, is currently not known. Uren is a peculiarly Cornish surname, and as we have often found, a leaning towards arts occupations tends to run in families. Any further information or clarification would be most welcome. There is a John Uren born in about 1883 to the JCI Uren family, who might also be an artist waiting to be found.
In 1911, Whybrow notes that he was turned down for membership in the St Ives Arts Club, because by that time he was practising as the Borough Surveyor. It is not known as yet when they returned to Cornwall, which is where the artist died on 14 March, 1932, age 86, in Penzance.
Her pictures are not often found on the market, but sometimes in the West Country; her associations are not known, but she may be related to Cornish marine artist John Clarke Isaac UREN.
In December 2010/January 2011, Urquhart was exhibiting her paintings at the Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, at a show entitled 'London and St Ives'.
Born in Edinburgh, she studied at Heatherley's and at Newlyn with Stanhope FORBES. In 1934 her sending-in address was Chelsea, London.