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13 November 2019The Newlyn School of Painting
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The Newlyn School of Painting Catherine Wallace Wednesday 13 November 2019

We will focus first on the Newlyn School, including Stanhope Forbes and his ‘Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach’, which brought attention from the critics to the group of artists associated with the town. Another Newlyn artist, Frank Bramley, achieved fame with his ‘Hopeless Dawn’, 1888, (right) whilst Elizabeth Forbes achieved great acclaim for her depictions of children. In addition, H.S. Tuke and T.C. Gotch also became famous not only in the UK but also in Australasia.

After a break, it’s the Forbes School of Painting that draws our attention; this talk looks at the work of Stanhope and his wives Elizabeth (who died in 1912) and then Maud Forbes, who ran the School, and that of some of their students.  In its 40-year existence (1899–1939) over 200 students went through the school’s doors. Some artists came from as far as New Zealand for the experience; some were to become well known, such as Dod and Ernest Procter; and many of the students were women.

There’s a break for lunch at around 1pm. We’ll provide an optional lunch for £7.

In the afternoon, we discover the paintings of Harold Harvey. One of the few Newlyn School artists who can be called Cornish, having been born in Penzance, Harvey produced throughout his life a large number of colourful domestic and Cornish scenes. His work echoes the styles of many of his contem­poraries, including Laura Knight, but he developed his own unique approach, which has only recently be­come appreciated. His wife, Gertrude Harvey, was also a painter, and this talk looks at the work of both artists.

Catherine Wallace, our speaker, is a freelance art historian, curator, writer and lecturer specialising in British 19th- and 20th-century art, with a focus on artists who were based in Cornwall. She also has an in-depth knowledge of contemporary art and artists from Cornwall.

She wrote Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929), published by Atelier Books/Fine Art Society, and in 2001 she was commissioned by Penlee House to write Under the Open Sky: The Paintings of Newlyn and Lamorna Artists 1880– 1940 in the public collections of Cornwall and Plymouth.   

She also runs her own courses and study days on Cornish Art History in Cornwall, and Cornish Art History Holiday for small groups.

The price per person for the day is £25. For full information and to book, please email: