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William Edward Atkins (1842-1910) was born in Portsmouth, the youngest of four sons and a daughter. Their father was George Henry Atkins (1811-1872), artist and organist at St. Ann\'s Chapel in Portsmouth Naval Base.

W.E. Atkins was a naval correspondent and marine artist to the Graphic. The only one of the sons to become a professional artist, his output was prodigious and his watercolours can be found in the Royal Naval Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Portsmouth City Museum & Art Gallery.