Charles Conder

Fecamp – The Artists – Conder, Charles

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Fecamp. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

Charles Conder
Charles Conder

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Charles Edward Conder (1868 – 1909) was an English-born painter, lithographer and designer. He emigrated to Australia and was a key figure in the Heidelberg School, arguably the beginning of a distinctively Australian tradition in Western art.

He spent several years as a young child in India until the death of his mother (aged 31 years) on 14 May 1873 in Bombay, when Charles was four; he was then sent back to England and attended a number of schools including a boarding school at Eastbourne, which he attended from 1877.

He left school at 15, and his very religious, non-artistic father, against Charles’s natural artistic inclinations, decided that he should follow in his footsteps as a civil engineer.

In 1884, at the age of 16, he was sent to Sydney, Australia, where he worked for his uncle, a land surveyor for the New South Wales government. However he disliked the work, much preferring to draw the landscape rather than survey it. In 1886, he left the job and became an artist for the “Illustrated Sydney News”, where he was in the company of other artists such as Albert Henry Fullwood, Frank Mahony and Benjamin Edwin Minns.

In 1888, Conder moved to Melbourne where he met other Australian artists including Arthur Streeton, and shared a studio with Tom Roberts, whom he had previously met in Sydney. Short of cash, the attractive Conder apparently paid off his landlady by sexual means, catching syphilis in the process, which was to plague the later years of his life.

In 1890, he moved to Paris and studied at the Academie Julian, where he befriended several avant-garde artists. He spent the rest of his life in Europe, mainly Britain, but visiting France on many occasions. His art was better received in Britain than in Paris. In 1892, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painted his portrait, this sketch is owned by the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

In 1895, Conder came to Dieppe, attempting to socialise among the artistic community and the English families with their attractive daughters, as described by Simona Pakenham in her study of the English people there in the century before World War I. His friends remembered him as ” a sick man, unable to face reality”. In spite of drunken spells and disreputable company, Conder’s powers as an artist were then at their height. He made a specialty of painting on silk, relatively easy on silk fans, but he excelled on one occasion when he painted a series of white silk gowns worn by Alexandra Thaulow, wife of Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow, while she stood on a table, the gowns becoming “coloured like a field of flowers”.

He spent the last year of his life in a sanatorium, and died in Holloway Sanatorium of “general paresis of the insane”, in modern terms tertiary syphilis. In death, Conder’s work was rated highly by many notable artists, such as Pissarro and Degas.

Click here to read Conder’s full bio on Wikipedia.

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NOTE: To our knowledge, Conder did not paint in Fecamp, instead spent time in one of Fecamp’s suburbs; Yport.


Yport (population: 850), a small fishing village (with no harbour), lies close to Fecamp on the South-West alongside the coast. Today it’s a seaside resort village with a casino, restaurants and hotels.

1891 - Charles Conder - Cliffs at Yport
1891 – Charles Conder – Cliffs at Yport
1892 - Charles Conder - Yport
1892 – Charles Conder – Yport

Charles Condor did not paint much in France despite having lived there. He painted in the following places (a link “” to his works will appear below when published):

Fecamp is a picturesque fishing town which made for a great backdrop for many artist. Here are all the artists who applied their arts in the town and its surroundings (a link “” will appear when we have published an article on this artist’s works in Fecamp):

NOTE: a “*” besides the artist’s name indicates that the artist did NOT work directly in Fecamp, instead worked in Fecamp’s surroundings only.

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