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NORRIS , CHARLES ( 1779 - 1858 ), artist ;

b. 24 Aug. 1779 , second son of John Norris , a wealthy London merchant , by his wife Catherine ( Lynch ) , the divorced wife of Henry Knight of Tythegston, Glam. (see the article on H. H. Knight ). Though not a Welshman by birth, Norris lived and worked in Wales for nearly sixty years. He settled in 1800 at Milford , but removed in 1810 to Tenby , where he d. 16 Oct. 1858 . The great majority of his pictures are concerned with S. Davids and Pembroke and Tenby , and he published a book, A Historical Account of Tenby , in 1818 (2nd ed. 1820 ). He was a ‘character,’ and Edward Laws (q.v.) has a lively article upon him in Arch. Camb. , 1891 (the source of the D.N.B. article).


  • See also A. L. Leach , Charles Norris, 1779-1858, of Tenby and Waterwynch, topographical artist (Denbigh, 1949) (Tenby, 1949 ), which has a list of his pictures. There are several examples of his work in the N.L.W.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Corrections and additions:


He was the son of John Norris , Hughenden , Buckinghamshire , by his mistress, Deborah Busby . The second husband of Catherine Lynch was Sir John Norris , not John Norris , Hughenden .


Published date: 1959