Gere, Charles March (1869-1957) by Scholes, Robert

Charles March Gere (1869-1957) He was born in Gloucester and studied at the Birmingham School of Art, where he was very highly regarded, and then in Italy. In 1893, he was appointed an Assistant Teacher at Birmingham School of Art as part of the Arts and Crafts expansion with the opening of the Art Laboratories and new extension building. Later he worked as an illustrator with for the Kelmscott Press and also for the Ashendene Press. In 1904, Gere settled at Painswick near Stroud with his half-sister, the watercolourist, (1878-1965). It was there that he found his vocation as a landscape artist. Although he mainly painted tranquil Cotswolds scenes, Gere also enjoyed working excursions to Italy and Switzerland. Gere was active in almost every field of the Arts and Crafts including early designs for embroidery, metal work and stained glass as well as the reredos of Madresfield Court chapel. William Morris Margaret Gere

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