Charles March Gere RA RWS (1869-1957)

Midsummer, 1893

C. M. Gere was a landscape painter, often working in watercolour, who was also a notable illustrator in the Pre-Raphaelite style. He was born in Birmingham, studied at the Birmingham School of Art where he was counted among the most successful of all the students, and then travelled to Italy. He was one of the arts and crafts illustrators working for William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, including doing the frontispiece for Morris's own News from Nowhere, and later worked for other private presses. By 1895 he was painting in tempera, following on from J. D. Batten and Joseph Southall, another Birmingham-trained artist. In the 1900s he established his reputation as a landscape painter, exhibiting at the New English Art Club and the RA. He became ARA in 1934 and RA in 1939, having exhibited at the Academy from 1890.

Gere's half-sister, Margaret Gere (1878-1965), also studied at the Birmingham School of Art (from 1897), and later at the Slade School of Art in London. She became a watercolour painter.

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