Fame for the Newlyn School
At home and Abroad in the 1880s and 90s

The early work of Stanhope Forbes culminated in his painting ‘Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach’ of 1886, which brought attention from the critics for the group of artists associated with Newlyn in Cornwall. Other Newlyn artists such as Frank Bramley achieved fame with his dramatic scene ‘Hopeless Dawn’ 1888. Whilst, Elizabeth Forbes one of the women artists, achieved great acclaim for her depictions of children. H.S. Tuke, T.C. Gotch and F. Bramley also became famous not only in the UK but in Australia and New Zealand. This lecture looks at the true extent of the Newlyn School’s fame at the time.

From Birmingham to Newlyn –
Social Realism and rural poverty depicted by the Newlyn School Artists

The inspiration for several artists from Birmingham to come to the remote fishing village Newlyn in West Cornwall was to depict rural poverty and to highlight the deprivation of families dependent on fishing. Walter Langley was a pioneer of the Newlyn School and his powerful portraits of fishwives at work and in mourning are analysed in detail in this lecture. Other artists who came to Newlyn from Birmingham William Wainwright, Frank Bramley, Edwin Harris and William Banks Fortescue are also included.

From Brittany to Newlyn -
The Origins and education of the Newlyn School Artists

The connection for many of the Newlyn School artists was made before they set foot in Cornwall. Many had met in the arts schools of England including The Slade and in the Ateliers and Academies of Paris, Antwerp and Munich before converging at various points in Brittany. The work of Stanhope Forbes, Walter Langley and Norman Garstin completed in Brittany is compared to their early Newlyn works. Elizabeth Armstrong’s and Frank Bramley’s work is also included.

Plays, Poems and Fairytales -
The literary inspired work and Medievalist revival in Newlyn School Art

The plays of Shakespeare, Poems such as Keats’, ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’, as well as the Myths and Legends such as those of King Arthur were the inspiration for many of the Newlyn School artists, from their student days onwards. This lecture looks at the unique imagery that artists such as Elizabeth A. Forbes, H. M. Rheam, Frank Bourdillon, A. Chevallier Tayler, F. Hall and T.C. Gotch created from these stories of the past.

The Last of the Pre-Raphaelites-
T. C. Gotch and his Symbolist Work

Although known as Newlyn School painter, T.C. Gotch after a visit to Italy in 1891/92, became obsessed with the highly decorative art of the Renaissance and began to make Romantic paintings depicting the ages of womanhood using fabrics from Liberty’s with his wife and daughter often used as models. Take a closer look at this collection of unique British art as this talk explores the symbolist work of T.C.Gotch.

When the Cows Come Home

In the early 1890s Stanhope Forbes started to focus more on rural scenes around Newlyn and adjacent villages such as Mousehole. This was prompted by his move first to Trewarveneth Farm in 1893 with his wife Elizabeth and later to Higher Faugan, a purpose built house in land from Newlyn. This lecture also looks at the rural scenes by artists such as Fred Hall and William T. Blandford Fletcher both in Newlyn and Somerset.



T.C.Gotch, A Jest © Lander Gallery

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W.Wainwright, The Old Pilot © Penlee House Gallery and Museum
Elizabeth Forbes, The Leaf, © The Athenaeum, USA
T.C.Gotch, Mental Arithmetic, © Art Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Stanhope Forbes, The Convent