Anne WATSON was born in India, and was married in 1958 to the artist John Christopherson, who died in 1996. During their working life they lived in Blackheath and in Greenwich, later returning to Blackheath. These locations provided subject matter for many of their paintings.
The couple, aside from being artists themselves, were collectors of modern art, especially 1950s/60s works by St Ives artists. Since John was of Cornish ancestry, they regularly visited St Ives, which had an influence on their art practice.
Donations from their collections have been made to both Tate Modern and Tate St Ives. Mrs Christopherson, now retired, lives at Portscatho on the Roseland in Cornwall.
Anne was especially known and admired for her paintings, 'riverscapes' of the Thames and Greenwich, depicting the early industrial scenes of the Isle of Dogs, and the river transport carrying cargo to and fro. Some of her works can be found in auction houses today.
In 2010 paintings from their collection by Peter LANYON and by Alfred WALLIS were featured on the popular BBC1 Antiques Roadshow (May 2). Previously one of Anne's own paintings had been taken along to a programme in the series held at Greenwich, and it had been valued highly.
Painter in oils, collagist
works and access
Works incl: Flower Machine; Fishing boats with lamps, Kos, Greece; Giant Carp; Roofs and holly trees, The Point, Greenwich; Tree Trunks, Thornham, Norfolk; Discarded iron objects, Piper's Wharf, Greenwich
This is Cornwall (internet magazine) archive
W H Lane Sale, 2 Dec 2010 (2 works)