St Ives Art - Latest Research & Newsletter
THE FREE NEWSLETTER
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN
ST IVES REPRESENTATIONAL ART
compiled by David Tovey
The Siren - Origins and Objectives
The principal purpose of The Siren is to provide an enjoyable read. I find the ever-evolving story of St Ives art ridiculously exciting and I hope to convey to you some of that enthusiasm.
I started the Newsletter as a means of bringing my latest research to the attention of those who are interested in St Ives representational art. Some people seem to be amazed that, having written five major surveys of the colony, there is still more to say, but new, fascinating information is always coming to light, particularly as my research covers both artistic and social historical aspects of the colony. Accordingly, features in the Newsletter will not be confined to the most successful artists, but will also attempt to throw new light not only on lesser known artists but also on members of the local community who worked with the artists and did so much to ensure the long-term success of the colony.
I have a particular interest in highlighting that St Ives hosted an international community of artists and wielded an international influence, and so foreign artists will feature prominently as well.
In the past, St Ives representational art has suffered the most appalling neglect and some of the accounts that were written were based on pure myth, but these have been repeated so often that they have acquired a provenance that no amount of reasoned argument can seem to refute. However, I hope that, eventually, the true story of St Ives art, which, incidentally, is far more extraordinary than the myths, will become more widely known, and that this Newsletter will play a key role in dissembling this story.
I also hope that, with increased knowledge and appreciation of the achievements of the early colonists, pressure will grow for change, as it beggars belief that it is currently impossible to put on an exhibition of St Ives representational art in St Ives, and that most visitors to the town come away having failed to see a single example of representational art from the past. St Ives is Britain’s premier art colony, and the failure to exploit the full extent of its rich heritage to both a national and international audience is such a wasted opportunity. The people of St Ives, and all lovers of Cornish art, need to become far more vocal. The Siren, therefore, is trying to make a bit of noise - alluring, hopefully, to those who appreciate representational art, but, occasionally, discordant to those who currently shape or should be shaping the public’s perception of St Ives art.
Originally, this newsletter was only available via e-mail but I have now uploaded the pdfs so that you can read them by clicking on the relevant Issue No in red below.
If you would like to be alerted as to when new Issues of The Siren have been uploaded, just send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Issue No 1 (24 pages) is available from June 2013, with features on
Artists: Louis Grier, Oswald Sickert, Otto Scholderer, Frederick Parr, Humphry Repton, Napier Hemy, Edwin Ellis, Frank Frederick, etc
Writers: Cyril Ranger-Gull, Charles Marriott
Locals: Billy Baragwanath, Sam Rogers, The Ranee Margaret of Sarawak
Issue No 2 (22 pages) is available from October 2013, with features on
Artists: Eardley Blomefield, Henry Massey, John Mogford, Sydney Lee, Harry Rountree (NZ) and H.G.Fitzherbert (NZ)
Locals: Francis Wheeler, Edward Hain Jnr
Issue No 3 (26 pages) (a special issue on the St Ives Schools of Landscape and Marine Painting, with a strong antipodean bias) is available from February 2014, with features on
Artists: Will Ashton, Domenico Barnett, Hugh Blackden, Charles Bryant, Samuel Hales, Richard Hayley Lever, Mabel Luck and the mythical Marion Luck, Rose Lowcay, Franklin White.
Issue No 4 (26 pages) (a special issue on St Ives Women Artists) is available from June 2014, with features on the artists
Dorothy Robinson, Laura Knight, Jennie Moore, Marion Grace Hocken, Violet Digby, the Swede Emma Lowstadt Chadwick, the New Zealanders, Frances Hodgkins, Margaret Stoddart and Edith Collier, and the Americans Helen Stuart Weir and her mother, Nina Weir-Lewis.
Issue No 5 (22 pages) (a special issue on Pre-1914 St Ives art market news), is available from October 2014,
with features on the artists
Theodor Weber, Elizabeth Petrie, Walter Jenks Morgan, Thomas Hume, James McNeil Whistler, William Bartlett, John Clarkson Uren, Sir William Llewellyn, Charles Mottram, John William North, William Banks Fortescue, John Noble Barlow, Emily Carr, John Arnesby Brown, Carleton Theodore Chapman, George Gardner Symons, Frederick Mulhaupt, Lilian Montague, John Bromley, Herbert Babbage and Maud Winifred Sherwood
Issue No 6 (22 pages) is available from February 2015, with features on the artists
Will Osborn and Dorothy Worden, Elmer Schofield, George Oberteuffer, Frank Hutton Shill, Marianna Sloan, George Sherriff, Herbert Babbage and W.H.Y.Titcomb.
(24 pages) (a special issue in two parts on George Turland Goosey) is available from June 2015.
Issue No 8 (16 pages) is available from October 2015, with features on the artists
Robert Borlase Smart, John Park, George Bradshaw, Alfred and Taka Cochrane and a major piece on Marion Hocken.
Issue No 9 (17 pages) is available from February 2016, with features on the artists
Clare White, Owen Merton (NZ), Samuel Phillips Jackson, Dorothy Robinson, Frank Emanuel, William Eadie, Francis Black, Tyra de Kleen (Swedish) and Job Nixon. There is also a piece on the March 1891 Gale.
Issue No 10 (17 pages) (a special issue on David's exhibition on Marine Painting in Cornwall from Turner to Wallis) is available from June 2016, with features on the artists
Clarkson Stanfield, William Holman Hunt, Charles Parsons Knight, William Trost Richards, David James and Claus Bergen
Issue No 11 (19 pages) is available from October 2016,
This has a long feature on the Californian artist, Anna Althea Hills, in St Ives and Lamorna (1909-1911). There are also pieces on her student colleagues Frances Tysoe Smith and Donald Lovett Cameron. In addition there are notes about a number of paintings of Cornwall by American artists that have appeared on the market recently.
Issue No 12 (24 pages) is available from February 2017
A special issue devoted to the work of painter-printmaker, Raymond Ray-Jones
Issue No 13 (29 pages) is available from June 2017
This has a long article on Henry Snell's 1914 Summer Art Class in St Ives, featuring in particular the Cincinnati artists, Dixie Selden and Emma Mendenhall. There are also pieces on Hugh Gresty and Michael Pirie's research into Harry Rountree, and a note on an early painting of St Ives by Charles Napier Hemy.
Issue No 14 (39 pages) is available from October 2017
This has a 30 plus page article on John Noble Barlow (1860-1917) as a centennial tribute and pieces on the visits to St Ives of American artists, Karl Schmidt and Irma Kohn.
Issue No 15 (37 pages) is available from February 2018
This has a long biography of Arthur Meade, a note on the Trevorrow family connected with the American artist, George Gardner Symons, and extracts from The Westminster Budget by Lewis Hind, with drawings by Norman Wilkinson.
Issue No 16 (32 pages) is available from June 2018
This looks at St Ives paintings that have appeared on the market recently and features,
- from Sweden - Anders Zorn,
- from Holland, Sigisbert Bosch Reitz - Hendrik Jan Wolter
- from America - Euphemia Charlton Fortune - Abbott Fuller Groves - Guy Wiggins - Sydney Laurence - Frederick Waugh - Frederick Mulhaupt - Dixie Selden
- from Canada - F. McGillivray Knowles
- from Australia - Penleigh Boyd - Rose Lowcay - Richard Hayley Lever
- from Britain - Alfred Warne-Browne - John Noble Barlow - Hurst Balmford - C.W.Simpson - Ellis Silas - Medora Heather Bent - Hyman Segal
Issue 17 (25 pages) is available from January 2019
The visit of Jean Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager in 1862
Market News - British Artists
George Wolfe - Ken Symonds - William Fortescue - John Park - Bernard Fleetwood-Walker - Julius Olsson -
William Bartlett - Charles Napier Hemy - William Eadie - William Evans Linton
Market News - Studio Depictions
E.John Collyer - Arthur White - Marcella Smith - Douglas Pinder - Borlase Smart - Eleanor Rice - Mary Grylls -
George Pennington - Richard Chatterton - Agnes Drey - Laura Stanisland Roberts - Edmund Fuller
Market News - Foreign Artists
Sir William Ashton - Abbott Fuller Graves - William Wendt
The early years of Robert Borlase Smart
Issue 18 (29 pages) is available from July 2019
This features Jack Coburn Witherop, John Lewis Stant, Lewis Mortimer, Edwin Byatt, Gordon Mitchell Forsyth, George Hammond Steel, William Titcomb, Arthur Beaumont, William Eadie, Louis Grier, John Park, Andrew Penney and Will Osborn.
Issue 19 (41 pages) is available from January 2020
This features articles on St Ives Visitor Lists from the 1880s
Frances Hodgkins’ St Ives Friends Anne Falkner and Leslie Hervey
The opening party in Olsson’s Porthmeor Studio by Edmund Fuller
Alfred East’s correspondence with John Beatty of Pittsburgh
featuring Louis Sargent
St Ives Artists in ‘The Sphere’
Charles Simpson - George Bradshaw - Hampden Minton -
Bernard Ninnes - Fred Bottomley
and works by Elias Bancroft - Charles Worsley - Edith Hudson - Arnesby Brown -
William Titcomb - Charles Bryant - Nell Cuneo - Frank Sherwin -
George Bradshaw - Edward and Vesta Simmons
Issue 20 (34 pages) is available from July 2020
This includes articles on
Ernest and Esther Borough Johnson in Cornwall - and reveals wholesale mis-attribution of their works
Yet more on Henry and Florence Snell and the Summer Class of 1914
- in addition to a detailed look at the Snells' family histories, artists featured include Irma Kohn, Sara Shewell Hayden, Jane Peterson, Felicie Waldo Howell, Moses Mitteldorfer Strauss, Mary Nicolena MacCord, Charles Rice Armstrong and Martha Wood Welcher.
A look at Cornish subjects in the first 40 years of the Royal Cambrian Academy exhibition catalogues
- artists featured include John McDougal, William Brint Turner, James Watts, Reginald Smith, Tom and Nellie Clough, James Towers, Robert Segah Pugh, William Parkyn, Herbert Weaver, Cyril Ward, William Corah, G H Swinstead, Percy Teasdale and Florence Fitzgerald.
Recent paintings at auction by Sydney Laurence, Howard Russell Butler, Emile Vernier, Otto Scholderer and Arthur Kemp Tebby, plus a look at the career of Edith Meta Alexander.
Issue 21 (39 pages) is available from January 2021
This includes articles on
Walter Donald Angier - the Americans Martha Wood Belcher and Hilda Belcher - Louis Reckelbus - Tom Robertson - Eardley Blomefield
Recent paintings at auction by James McNeill Whistler - John Park - Hurst Balmford - Alfred Wallis - Bryan Pearce - Bryan Wynter - Claude Montague Hart
Herbert Lanyon's portrait photos of Reginald Glanville (property agent and art collector), Arthur Beaumont (American artist), Captain John Penberthy (mining engineer and kinsman of Sir Henry Irving)
Issue 22 (26 pages) is available from July 2021
This includes articles on
1875 depictions of the pilchard harvest at St Ives
Recent paintings at auction by William Bartlett, S.J.Lamorna Birch, Herbert Babbage, Borlase Smart, Will Osborn, Hurst Balmford,
Garlick Barnes, Eileen Izard and Frank Suddards
Christopher Wood’s depictions of ‘The Sloop Inn’, St Ives
Herbert Lanyon’s portrait photos of Arminell Morshead (later Lady Gerahty), Robert Langley Hutton, Frances Weir Cuthbert,
Charles Procter and Donald Woodroffe Thomas
Issue 23 (45 pages) is available from January 2022
This includes a long biographical note on Bernard Ninnes (1899-1971) and looks at recent paintings of St Ives at auction by Stanhope Forbes, Dorothy Robinson, John Park, Claude Barry, Thomas Maidment, George Pennington, Nell Cuneo and the Americans, Edward Simmons and Grant Reynard, and the Australian, Hayley Lever.
The Herbert Lanyon portrait photographs featured are those of Charles Greville Morris (1861-1922) - St Ives artist, David Murray Smith (1865-1952) - Artist, Caroline Jackson’s statuette of a Ballet Dancer, Edwin Smithells (1858-1937) - Photographer, and Flora Annie Steel (1847-1929) - “the female Kipling”.
Issue 24 (29 pages) is available from March 2023
This looks at the forthcoming exhibition at St Ives Museum entitled Discovering St Ives - Early Visiting Artists and David's new book
St Ives - The Dawn of the Colony. There is also a listing and commentary on an exhibition of 'Victorian Paintings' held at the Museum in 1953 and a review of Charles Marriott's 1913 novel, Subsoil, in which the artist character is labelled 'the Perfect Bolshevik'. The Market News section features William Fortescue, Will Bennett, George Jupp, Alfred Hartley, Edna Bridge, Helen Knapping and Clare White amongst others. The Herbert Lanyon portrait photographs section concentrates on his musical friends.
Issue 25 (63 pages) is available from September 2023
This features an extended 45 page article on the four Whitehouse sisters, who were integral members of the St Ives artistic community from 1890-1920. In particular, it highlights the achievements of Sarah Elizabeth Whitehouse. The article has been prompted by the donation by the Whitehouse family of significant archival material which it is ultimately hoped will be added to the Whitehouse archive at the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
This Issue also looks at the literary career of Morley Roberts, in the light of a series of photographs by Herbert Lanyon of Roberts, his step-daughter Naomi Hamlyn and his great friend, the St Ives artist, Alfred Hartley.
In the Market News section, artists featured include Ellis Wilkinson, Tom Hemy, the Americans Charles Rollo Peters and George Gardner Symons, John Noble Barlow, George Bradshaw, Borlase Smart and a note on Aimée Le Roy (who wrote under the pseudonym Esmé Stuart).