This interesting, if gloomy picture is by Paul Brinson (he appears to have preferred to use the name Paul to his first name of John) who exhibited from about 1895 to 1920. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery.
Paul Brinson was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He was a founder and secretary of the British Watercolour Society and lived in Uxbridge and Reading at different times. The above is a landscape in pastel, but he also painted in watercolours. A mention of his work is present in the book "Reminiscences" by Charles Allen Shufrey who was also a member of the British Watercolour Society.
Paul Brinson's father was John Brimson, a fine art dealer and lay preacher, who was born in 1820, but later changed his named to Brinson for reasons that are not known. Paul married Emily Alice Rampton in 1919 in Reading who was 30 years younger and lived until 1965. Apparently they had no children and were separated before he died, which probably explains why most of his estate was left to his two brothers at his death. He died in Park Lodge Nursing Home, Bath Road, Reading in 1927.
Note that some of the above information was provided by a member of the Brimson family.
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