John Callcott Horsley was born on 29th January 1817 the third child and eldest son of William Horsley and his wife Elizabeth Hutchins (nee Callcott) Horlsey. The Horsleys were established members of the music and arts London society and related to the painter Sir Augustus Wall Callcott. In 1823 the Horsleys moved to No 1, High Row, Kensington in London where John Callcott Horsley was to live for the rest of his life. In 1831 John entered the Royal Academy Schools where he met the painter Thomas Webster with whom he was to form a close working relationship that lasted throughout his life. On 25th August 1846 John married Elvira Catherine Jenny Walter but her death in 1852 followed by the death of their two sons, Edward and William, in 1854 from scarlet fever and the death of their last child, Frank, in 1857 marked a period of great sadness in John's life. On 13th June 1854 John married Rosamund Haden and together they had seven children three of whom were born at Cranbrook. In 1861 the Horsleys bought a second home at Wilsley in Cranbrook, as John was drawn to the artist's colony that had been established there by his lifelong friend Thomas Webster.
Frederick Daniel Hardy, George Hardy, Thomas Webster, George Bernard O'Neill, John Callcott Horsley and Augustus Edwin Mulready were an informal group of six professional painters known as the Cranbrook Colony that thrived in Cranbrook in the latter half of the nineteenth century. They were a close association of colleagues and friends, and, in the case of the Hardy brothers and G.B. O'Neill, distant relatives. All six were "Genre" painters depicting scenes from daily life, either real or imaginary and, through their work, we have an accurate depiction of the people and homes in the Cranbrook area during the Victorian age. Often the Colony used their children, families and friends as models with the Hardys and Webster focused on rustic interiors and O'Neill and Horsley on picturesque historic architecture. The six painters, who occupied The Old Studio in the High Street, were prolific in their work and exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy and the British Institution.
John Callcott Horsley was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1855 and a Royal Academician in 1864. He also served as treasurer at the Royal Academy from 1882 to 1897.
At the age of 86 on 19th October 1903 John Callcott Horsley died at High Row, Kensington and he was buried three days later at Kensal Green cemetery in London
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|1. John Callcott Horsley, Painter was the son of William Horsley and Elizabeth Hutchins Horsley [Callcott]. He was born 29th Jan 1817 at Brompton Row, Kensington, London; christened 27th Feb 1817 at Kensington, London; died 19th Oct 1903 at 1 High Row, Kensington, London, aged 86 years; buried 22nd Oct 1903 at Kensal Green Cemetery, London|
|He married (1) Elvira Catherine Jenny Walter on 25th Aug 1846 at St. John the Evangelist, Ladbroke Grove, Kensington, London. She was born 1821 at London, daughter of William Walter; died Oct to Dec 1852, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1852 Q4 Vol 1a Page 36. They had the following children:|
|i||Edward William who was born Jan to Mar 1848 at Kensington, London, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1848 Q1 Vol 3 Page 335; christened 1st Jan 1848 Kensington, London; died Jan to Mar 1854, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1854 Q1 Vol 1a Page 46, cause of death: scarlet fever|
|ii||Frank Callcott who was born July to Sep 1849 at Sevenoaks, Kent, registered at Sevenoaks District, Kent, ref: 1849 Q3 Vol 5 Page 44?; christened 25th Sep 1849 Kensington, London; died Jan to Mar 1857, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1857 Q1 Vol 1a Page 51|
|iii||Harry Maule who was born 1850 at Kensington, London; christened 30th Dec 1850 Kensington, London; died Jan to Mar 1854, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1854 Q1 Vol 1a Page 29, cause of death: scarlet fever|
|He married (2) Rosamund Haden on 13th Jun 1854 at Holy Trinity, Chelsea, London. She was the daughter of Charles Thomas Haden, surgeon and Emma Harrison Haden. She was born 16th Nov 1820 at Chelsea, London; christened 22nd Jan 1821 at St. James, Westminster, London; died Jan to Mar 1912, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1912 Q1 Vol 1a Page 160, aged 91 years. They had the following children:|
|i||Walter Charles who was born Jan to Mar 1855 at Kensington, London, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1855 Q1 Vol 1a Page 79|
|ii||Hugh John who was born Apr to June 1856 at Kensington, London, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1856 Q2 Vo 1a Page 59|
|iii||Victor Alexander Haden who was born Apr to June 1857 at Kensington, London, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1857 Q2 Vol 1a Page 61; died 1916|
|iv||Emma Mary who was born July to Sep 1858 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1858 Q3 Vol 2a Page 429; christened 12th Sep 1858 St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent|
|v||Fanny Marian who was born Oct to Dec 1859 at Kensington, London, registered at Kensington District, London, ref: 1859 Q4 Vol 1a Page 72|
|vi||Gerald Callcott who was born Oct to Dec 1862 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1862 Q4 Vol 2a Page 511|
|vii||Rosamund Brunel who was born Jan to Mar 1864 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1864 Q1 Vol 2a Page 567; christened 11th Apr 1864 St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent|
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