Birth: 17 October 1775

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Enville, Staffordshire

Baptism: 12 February 1776

Place of Baptism: Saint Mary, Enville, Staffordshire

Death: 11 October 1825

Place or Registered Place of Death: Winchester, Hampshire

Father: William Paget

Mother: Hannah Carlett (Cackett)

Spouse(s): Charlotte Deake

Date of Marriage: 17 April 1805

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Saint Mary-St Marylebone Road, Saint Marylebone, London, Middlesex

Notes:

Queens College Cambridge
William Pagett, Artist
William Pagett or Paget was born on October 17th 1775, one of the five children of the Revd William Pagett, a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, and Rector of North Wingfield, Derbyshire. In his will the elder William describes his wife Hannah Carlett as “my dear friend and real though not canonical wife”, so there is a question mark over the legitimacy of the younger William and his siblings. He was admitted as a Pensioner at Queens’ in June 1793, matriculated the following Michaelmas Term and graduated BA in 1797. He was ordained “from Queen’s College, Cambridge” on 10th March 1805 (the papers are in the Hampshire Record Office) to be Curate of Hayes, Middlesex. In 1810 he was Vicar of Gatten near Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. He was married in Merton College, Oxford, in April 1805 only a month after ordination. He is known to be have been alive in 1824, but disappears from the College’s list of BAs in the University Calendar in 1815 - presumably the College had lost touch with his whereabouts.

William Pagett is most remembered, however, as an accomplished watercolourist. A large number of his paintings have recently become available at auction and a selection, mostly views of the Avon and Bristol area, have been on exhibition at the galleries of Abbott and Holder Ltd, opposite the British Museum. His watercolours are described as “stylistically influenced by Thomas Hearne with whose watercolours it is hard to believe he was unfamiliar, common to talented Gentlemen Amateurs of independent means”. Two of his paintings, “1796: Merchant Vessel entering a port” and “1820: HMS Spartan, 38 guns”, are to be found in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Some of his earlier pictures were painted in Bedfordshire and around Cambridge, for instance, “1797: Hoxton Church, near Cambridge, where I caught a pike with Mr Unwin”, presumably a reference to his exact contemporary at Queens’, John Unwin. Between 1800 and 1810 he often painted down the Thames Estuary and along the South Coast, taking particular care to detail shipping and naval features. There is a picture of Merton College painted on his wedding day in 1805 and in 1808 he went on trips.

The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure
1805
Married
The Rev. William Paget, to Miss Deake, only daughter of the Rev. John Deake, of Edward street, Portman square.

The Quarterly Theological Review and Ecclesiastical Record - 1826
Winchester
Deceased
Aged 50, the Rev. William Paget, Rector of Gatton, Surrey.

The London Magazine - 1825
Deaths
October
11. The Rev. William Paget, Rector of Gatton, Surrey.

The Gentleman's Magazine - 1825
Obituary
Oct. 11. After a severe illness, in the 50th year of his age, the Rev. Will. Paget, Rector of Gatton, in Surrey, and formerly of Queen's College in the University of Cambridge, A. B.; a gentleman whose information was extensive as it was various. Mr. Paget had travelled much, but with a zeal and anxiety for the acquisition of knowledge, evinced by very few of those who visit foreign climates. How happy was his success, all who had the gratification of meeting him in hours of solid and friendly intercourse can bear ample testimony. To his previous knowledge and reputation as a scholar, a wide circle of acquaintance can give its unanimous evidence. The extent, however, of his acquirements will be duly appreciated only by the most intimate of his friends, to singularly unassuming and placid were his manners. He was the eldest son of the Rev. W. Paget, Rector of North Wingfield, Derby, who was Chaplain and Secretary to Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney (afterwards Lord Rodney), for many years previous to, and at the time of the ever memorable victory, of the 12th of April, 1782. The deceased married Charlotte, dau. of the Rev. Mr. Deake, who died some years since, without leaving any issue.

William's wife may have been Italian.

He was admitted as a Pensioner at Queens’ on 11 June 1793, matriculated the following Michaelmas Term and graduated BA in 1797. He was ordained “from Queen’s College, Cambridge” on 10th March 1805 (the papers are in the Hampshire Record Office) to be Curate of Hayes, Middlesex. In 1810 he was Vicar of Gatten near Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. He was married in Merton College, Oxford, in April 1805 only a month after ordination. He is known to be have been alive in 1824, but disappears from the College’s list of BAs in the University Calendar in 1815 - presumably the College had lost touch with his whereabouts.

William Pagett is most remembered, however, as an accomplished watercolourist. A large number of his paintings have recently become available at auction and a selection, mostly views of the Avon and Bristol area, have been on exhibition at the galleries of Abbott and Holder Ltd, opposite the British Museum. His watercolours are described as “stylistically influenced by Thomas Hearne with whose watercolours it is hard to believe he was unfamiliar, common to talented Gentlemen Amateurs of independent means”. Two of his paintings, “1796: Merchant Vessel entering a port” and “1820: HMS Spartan, 38 guns”, are to be found in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. Some of his earlier pictures were painted in Bedfordshire and around Cambridge, for instance, “1797: Hoxton Church, near Cambridge, where I caught a pike with Mr Unwin”, presumably a reference to his exact contemporary at Queens’, John Unwin. Between 1800 and 1810 he often painted down the Thames Estuary and along the South Coast, taking particular care to detail shipping and naval features. There is a picture of Merton College painted on his wedding day in 1805 and in 1808 he went on trips.

Biography - The British Museum

Probably the son of Rev. William Pagett (Watham College, Oxford, 1745) admitted pensioner to Queen's College, Cambridge, in 1793 (BA 1797). Ordained from Queen's College with Deacon's Orders for the Curacy of Hayes in Middlesex in March 1805 and married in April from Merton College Oxford. Tour of the Avon River in 1808. Vicar of Gatton in Surrey in 1810, visited France, Switzerland and Italy 1818-23 and last recorded in Edinburgh during the fire of 1824.
Also Known As

Paget, William; Pagett, William (Alumni Cantab./Oxon)

Paget (sometimes spelt Pagett) was admitted to Cambridge 1793, BA 1797, Ordained and married in 1805 when he held the curacy of Hayes in Middlesex and in 1810 he became Vicar of Gatton in Surrey.

Rev. William Paget