Born in Chester, Wimperis studied wood-engraving under Mason Jackson, and worked as an illustrator for The Illustrated London News and other magazines. He gradually took up painting in oil and watercolour.
From 1859 he exhibited at the most prestigious galleries, including the Royal Academy, the Society of Artists in Suffolk Street, the New Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and the New Gallery. He was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1875, and then became its Vice President in 1895.
His titles include some Cornish and West Country scenes, and he is believed to have been in Newlyn for a short period in 1881. Flanagan finds him frequently painting along the Ouse in Huntingdonshire (1890s) and reprints two of his paintings in colour in her excellent book, Artists along the Ouse, 1880-1930.
A correspondent (2020) has advised us that Wimperis' connection with Cornwall was through his wife, Anne Harry Edmonds, who was born in Penzance in 1840. The couple were married there in 1863. Her father, Walter Edmonds, was a cousin of the Bronte sisters through his Branwell mother, which may explain why he was chosen to illustrate the Bronte's books.
Landscape painter and watercolourist
works and access
Works include: Clodagh Moor, Cornwall
The Royal Academy; The Society of Artists, Suffolk Street; The New Watercolour Society; The Grosvenor Gallery; The New Gallery
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 1875 (Vice President 1895)
1871, 1881, 1891 Census and GRO records
Dictionary of National Biography;
Flanagan, B (2010) Artists along the Ouse 1880-1930;
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p300);
Wood Victorian Painters (bibl)
Whybrow St Ives (1911-20 list pp 216-8)
The Year's Art