To find out more about the artist, I've had to work backwards. Claude Percival Shilton died in 1968, aged 81. He lived for much of his working career at 18 Westhall Road, Richmond—phone records indicate that he was at this address from at least as early as 1928, although that still only accounts for 40 of his 81 years.
According to a trade directory from 1939, he was then working via Temple Art Agency and had been educated at Leicester College of Art. The directory (which is rather slim of detail) notes that he worked in line, line & wash and in oils.
His wife, Susan, was also local to Stoke Golding, and was the daughter of Charlotte Hall. There were three children, Henry, Hetty Angela (who married in 1910). and Claude Percival. From Henry's age in the 1891 census, we can estimate that Thomas and Susan probably married around 1882/83 and, with everyone being local, their marriage would have been registered in nearby Hinckley.
And this is where the story takes a turn for the confusing as there is recorded the 1882 marriage of Susan Hall and Thomas Shilton Pegg.
This opens up a new line of enquiry, as none of the children's births were registered under the name Shilton. But they are listed under the name Pegg...
- Harry Shilton Pegg born Winshill, Derbyshire, 1883
- Hetty Angela Shilton Pegg born Stoke Golding, 1887, twin sister of...
- Claude Percival Shilton Pegg, born Stoke Golding, 1887.
He was married in 1918 to Alice Payne, the marriage registered in Hinckley, so possibly taking place in Stoke Golding.
C. P. Shilton was also a regular cover artist for Mellifont Press, including a number of their Nat Gould racing horse reprints and westerns dating from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was also a painter of some talent, as the artwork illustrating this piece shows.
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