The son of Admiral Sir Thomas Fellowes, Charles Fellowes married Mary Anne Catherine Humphries.
Charles Fellowes entered the navy in 1836 at the age of 13. He was on HMS Leander on the Pacific Station when Whistler was in Valparaiso in 1867.
He rose to the rank of Vice Admiral, senior officer in charge of the Channel Squadron.
Times, Tuesday, 9 March 1886, p. 8.