Birth: Born in 1861 - Birth registered 1862 - March Quarter

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Clerkenwell, Middlesex

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 29 January 1935

Place or Registered Place of Death: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Father: Robert Paget

Mother: Martha E. Clarke

Spouse(s): Sophia Borgnet Grenfell

Date of Marriage: 23 April 1889

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Calstock, Cornwall


Robert Ferrand Paget (1890-)
Thomas Humphrey Paget (1893-1974)
Joan Paget (1895-)


Walter Stanley Paget (1862-1935) - "Artprice"
The youngest brother, signing himself as 'Wal Paget', was a gold medallist at the RA, and was described as 'a good figure draughtsman, with a strong poetic feeling for landscape... working with unconventional, fresh composition'. He also turned to drawing for the books and magazines, producing coloured illustrations of pretty girls, rather feeble rustic interiors, and easy-to-view scenes of country life, soldiers and girls, and courting couples. He had a keen sense of correct costume for his figures, as shown to advantage in many of his illustrations, for example to Robinson Crusoe in the early 1890s.

Walter Stanley Paget (1863-1935), the youngest and perhaps the least artistically talented of the three Paget brothers, held a gold medal from the Royal Academy of Art, and, like his brothers, illustrated books and magazines in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century London, signing himself as "Wal Paget":

His eldest brother, Henry, attended the Royal Academy Schools and worked for The Sphere as a "special artist" during the Balkan War of 1912-13. Walter had worked for this magazine, too, in London during the Boer War, turning the rough sketches sent by the paper's "specials" in South Africa into complete illustrations for publication. Walter's second brother, Sidney, also attended the Academy Schools. . . . Walter Paget's art was usually workmanlike but for the most part uninspired. (Arabian Nights Books)

Walter Paget "also . . . produc[ed] coloured illustrations of pretty girls, rather feeble rustic interiors, and easy-to-view scenes of country life, soldiers and girls, and courting couples. He had a keen sense of correct costume for his figures, as shown to advantage in many of his illustrations, for example to Robinson Crusoe in the early 1890s."

It was Walter Paget whom Strand Magazine publisher Sir George Newnes (who founded The Strand in 1891, The Westminster Gazette in 1873, and Country Life in 1897) had selected to illustrate the initial six Holmes stories, but through a mix-up Sidney Paget received that commission instead. Sidney Paget illustrated thirty-eight Holmes stories, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891-93), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), his 357 drawings involving his younger brother Walter as the facial model for the detective. For Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Dying Detective," first published in the November 1913 issue of Collier's Weekly Magazine, Frederic Dorr Steele provided three illustrations. In Great Britain, the same story appeared in The Strand Magazine for December 1913 accompanied by four illustrations by Walter Paget.

In "Hardy's Forgotten Illustrators" (Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Vol. 77, no. 4: 454-463), Norman Page asserts that Walter Paget ("who also illustrated novels by Scott and Stevenson" 456) illustrated the twelve weekly instalments (Oct. 1-Dec. 17, 1892) of The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved in The Illustrated London News with 24 plates. The same decorative headpiece by Paget accompanied each instalment:

"The decorative headpiece was the same for each instalment, and depicted a blindfolded male figure reaching out toward three beautiful but elusive women, all four figures draped in the costuming of ancient Greece. The headpiece thus reflects the pursuit of the ideal, the frustration of the quest, and possibly even the ironic possibilities of Hardy's serial text." (Arlene M. Jackson, Illustration and the Novels of Thomas Hardy 58)

When Hardy published the novella in volume form in 1897, he shortened the title to The Well-Beloved and revised the opening and the closing of the serial text considerably. See Richard Little Purdy, Thomas Hardy: A Bibliographical Study (Oxford: Clarendon, 1968), pp. 93-4. The volume edition did not include any of Paget's plates, whose large scale rendered them unsuitable for a standard-sized book. In fact, as Page notes, "of the 171 illustrations which originally appeared alongside Hardy's text [i. e., of his ten serialised, illustrated novels], almost none survives in the various collected editions" (457). Walter Paget also provided four illustrations for Thomas Hardy's short story "On the Western Circuit" for its initial publication in the English Illustrated Magazine (December 1891, pp. 275-88).

Jackson praises Paget's handling of the landscape scenes in The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved, especially his treatment of the Isle of the Slingers -- "proportioning of figure to landscape and juxtaposing of one human figure with another are especially well done" (127).

Marriage Record at Calstock
Paget, Walter Stanley, Grenfell, Sophia Borgnet, banns Walter (27) bachelor artist of St Philips Clerkenwell son of Robert, vestry clerk of Clerkenwell both signed Sophia (21) spinster of Calstock, dau of Thomas Shugg, agent W: Thomas Shugg Grenfell, Albert Paget, Sidney Edward Paget, Helen Paget.


1871 Census:

Pentonville Rd, St James Clerkenwell, Middlesex
Robert Paget - Head - 51 - Vestry Clerk - Rodborough, Gloucestershire
Martha - Wife - 41 - 1830 - Atherstone, Warwickshire
Robert E. - Son - 17 - 1854 - Assistant Vestry Clerk - Atherstone, Warwickshire
William - Son - 15 - Clerk (Ship and Insurance Broker) - Atherstone, Warwickshire
Henry M. - Son - 14 - 1857 - Scholar - Middlesex
Emily E. - Daughter - 12 - 1859 - Scholar - Middlesex
Sidney E. - Son - 10 - 1861 - Scholar - Middlesex
Walter S. - Son - 9 - 1862 - Scholar - Middlesex
Helen A. - Daughter - 7 - Scholar - 1864 - Middlesex
Arthur L. - Son - 5 - 1866 - Scholar - Middlesex
Frederick R. - Son - 1 - 1870 - Middlesex
Louisa C. Paget - Niece - 7 - 1864 - Colchester, Essex

1881 Census:

19, Lloyd Square, Clerkenwell, Middlesex
Robert Paget - Head - Married - 61 - Vestry Clerk (Munic) - Rodborough, Gloucestershire
Martha - Wife - 51 - 1830 - Atherstone, Warwickshire
Emily E. - Daughter - 22 - Student R.A.M. (Art) - Clerkenwell, Middlesex
Sidney E. - Son - 20 - Artist Painting - Clerkenwell
Walter S. - Son - 19 - Student R.A. of Arts (Art) - Clerkenwell
Helen A - Daughter - 17 - Scholar - Clerkenwell
Arthur L. - Son - 15 - Apprentice Wine Merchant - Clerkenwell
Frederick R. - Son - 11 - Scholar - Clerkenwell
Edith L. - Daughter - 8 - Scholar - Clerkenwell
Rose E. Paget - Granddaughter - 2 - 1879 - Clapton, Middlesex

1901 Census:

Cottage, Beechen Grove, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire
Walter S. Paget - Head - Married - 38 - 1863 - Artist (Printing and Illustrating) - London
Sophia Paget - Wife - 33 - 1868 - Calstock, Devonshire
Ferrand Paget - Son - 10 - 1891 - Watford, Hertfordshire
Thomas Paget - Son - 7 - 1894 - Watford, Hertfordshire
Joan Paget - Daughter - 5 - 1896 - Watford, Hertfordshire

1911 Census:

Bentley Stanhope Avenue, Middlesex
Walter Paget - Head - Married 21 Years - 47 - 1864 - Artist, Painter, and Book Illustrator - Clerkenwell, London
Sophia Paget - Wife - 42 - 1869 - Calstock, Cornwall
Thomas Paget - Son - 17 - 1894 - All Student - Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Joan Paget - Daughter - 15 - 1896 - Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire


Thomas Humphrey Paget (1893-1974).

One of the best remembered designs of the last pre-decimal coins was the old sailing ship on the halfpenny. Based on Drake’s Golden Hind, it was the work of one of the most prolific designers of the twentieth century.

Thomas Humphrey Paget was born in London in 1893 to a family already well established in the art world. Little wonder then that the young Paget should have been interested in art and that he should have studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a Landseer Scholarship. Following naval service during the First World War, he returned to the Central School as a visiting teacher, and it was around this time that he first came to the notice of the Royal Mint.

Among the most energetic of the original members of the newly formed Royal Mint Advisory Committee was Professor Derwent Wood of the Royal College of Art; and it was Derwent wood who, in 1923, included Paget’s name in a list of young artists asked to submit designs for a medal to be awarded to nurses at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. This he did with great success, producing in the process the first in a long and distinguished series of medallic portraits.

However, it was through one of his small private commissions, rather than his early work for the Mint, that Paget made his reputation. In 1935 he was aksed to design a medal for the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, and for the obverse he produced a fine portrait of the Prince of Wales, who was Master of the Company. This portrait was widely admired, and the Deputy Master of the Mint considered it so successful that he asked Paget to prepare a low relief version as a possible coin effigy. Soon afterwards the Prince became King Edward VIII and it was indeed a model by Paget that was eventually approved for use on coins and medals of the new King.

The abdication in December 1936, however, meant that most of this work had to be scrapped, and the urgency of the situation was such that Paget alone was commissioned to prepare the uncrowned effigy required for coins and medals of George VI. If there were doubts about this course of action, Paget dispelled them brilliantly, for in little more than a month he produced what Michael Rizzello has described as the classic coinage head of the twentieth century.

Simple, unaffected, well balanced, it was as near perfect from a technical point of view as the Mint could have hoped for. More than any other design, it may be said to typify Paget’s work and is almost certainly the design that he himself regarded as his best. His reputation was assured.

Paget’s most productive period followed the Second World War: his many commissions included seals for the Central African Federation, the South Arabian Currency Authority and the National Coal Board; medals for the Victoria Numismatic Society, the Society of Chemical Industry and the Royal Society of Medicine; coins for Bolivia, the British Caribbean Territories, Burma, the Central African Federation, Iraq, the Isle of Man, Jordan, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Arabia, Southern Rhodesia, Uruguay and Western Samoa. Particular mention deserves to be made of his head of Feisal II for the Iraq coinage, for which the schoolboy King gave sittings at Harrow, and of the reverse design for the Southern Rhodesia crown of 1953, which incorporated so many diverse elements in a space of only one and a half inches that it must be considered a numismatic triumph. Another that should be counted among his best must be a medallic portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, his last major commission.

Undoubtedly Thomas Humphrey Paget ranks as one of the most prolific and outstanding members of the Royal Mint’s panel of artists during the first half of the twentieth century. Few can have been so technically successful and so totally reliable as he, and it is with pleasure that we pay tribute to this large, shy, kindly man who, for the greater part of fifty years, served the Mint so well.


i. JOAN PAGET (2ND LINK) (daughter of Walter Stanley Paget and Sophie Borgnet Grenfell) was born in Jul 1895 in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. She died on 06 Apr 1977. She married Ferrand Paget (2nd Link) (son of Henry Marriot Paget (2nd link) and Henrietta Farr (2nd link)) on 28 Aug 1920. He was born on 17 Jan 1888 in Middlesex, United Kingdom. He died on 17 Nov 1957.

ii. THOMAS HUMPHREY PAGET OBE (CIVIL) (son of Walter Stanley Paget and Sophie Borgnet Grenfell) was born in Jul 1893 in Chorley-Wood, Hertfordshire, England. He died in Jun 1974 in Battle, Sussex, East Sussex, England. He married Winifred Turner (daughter of Alfred Turner and Emily Turner) in Mar 1942 in Chelsea, Middlesex. She was born about 1896 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

iii. ROBERT FERRAND PAGET (son of Walter Stanley Paget and Sophie Borgnet Grenfell) was born in Oct 1890 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He married Ada Rocco in Mar 1956 in Hackney, Middlesex.

Walter Stanley Paget