Looking to find any information about a William George Cole who was born & lived in Romsey, Hampshire. I have collected the 1991 & 1901 Census listings for his family.... (1891 & also the 1881 Census when he was 6; father William Cole, mother Alice Bailey). The 1901 Census lists him as "Master & Painter". He was married in 1894 to Lilian Mary E Hunter, they had at least 5 children. Found that he died in Romsey in 1940, age 65. His son, Percy Edwin died in 1915 in WW1.
I would like to know more about William George Cole's painting & career. At a local auction I recently bought a small watercolour of Dartmoor, Devon which is signed W.G. Cole and wonder if this man in Romsey might be the artist.
Would be interesting to know if he had any reknown in Romsey as a painter being as he was born there & appears to have lived his whole life there?? Would any of his paintings actually be in Romsey (museum or somewhere)?? The signature on my painting is somewhat unique as it appears as if the W G are outlined and then the O in the last name Cole is inside the C.... the uniqueness of this signature alone would probably help prove whether my W.G. Cole is the same man as William George Cole if any of the latter's paintings still exist....
Marriages December Quarter 1894 ColeWilliam GeorgeRomseyVolume 2cPage 170 HunterLilian Mary ERomseyVolume 2cPage 170
1901 UK Census -
William G Cole27Hants RomseyOf HampshireRomsey InfraMaster And Painter.... (listing below from the IGI)
William G ColeHead1874Romsey, HampshireRomsey Intra, Hampshire, England Lilian M E ColeWife1874Romsey Woodley, HampshireRomsey Intra, Hampshire, England Bertram G ColeSon1896Romsey, HampshireRomsey Intra, Hampshire, England Percy E ColeSon1897Romsey, HampshireRomsey Intra, Hampshire, England