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Copy After Oyster Gatherers 
by S. A. Forbes

A Street In Brittany

The Convent 

The Health of the Bride


Stanhope Alexander Forbes
R.A., N.E.A.C. (1857-1947)

From: Fine Art Cornwall

Born on 18th November in Dublin. His father was a railway manager and his mother French. It was she, Juliette Forbes (nee de Guise), who was the driving influence in his life. He wrote to her daily for many years, even after his marriage to Elizabeth Armstrong. His interest in painting began on a family holiday in Ardennes, as a child. When his father was transferred to London Stanhope was sent to Dulwich College. He later studied art at the Lambeth School of Art and the RA Schools and first exhibited at RA in 1878. He then spent two years studying in Paris, from 1880. The following year he accompanied his friend, Henry La Thangue, painting in Brittany – first in Cancale, then in Quimperlé. It was in Cancale that he first made a name for himself with his painting ‘Street In Brittany’.

He moved to Newlyn in 1884 and in that year painted his famous ‘Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach’ which was exhibited at RA the following Spring. Later that year he met Elizabeth. In 1886 he was one of the foundation members of the NEAC.

It was the sale of his ‘The Health of the Bride’ to Henry Tate (now part of the Tate Gallery Collection) for £600 which enabled the couple to marry in 1889. In 1892 he was elected ARA. He exhibited at the inaugural exhibition at the Passmore Edwards Gallery (now known as the Newlyn Art Gallery) along with his wife and other artists, in 1895. They opened their Newlyn School of Painting in 1899. He was elected RA in 1910.

Elizabeth died in 1912 and after her death he had many of her letters, sketches and pastels burnt.

Three years later he married Maudie Palmer, a former pupil of the school. That same year (May 1915) his son, Alec, joined the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and was sent to the front line in August 1916. He died in the line of duty three weeks later.

Stanhope Forbes died in Newlyn on 2nd March 1947. His many works also include ‘Buryas Bridge’ (oil on canvas, 1896), ‘A Safe Anchorage’ (oil on canvas, 1909) and ‘Young Anglers at Copperhouse Pool, Hayle’ (oil on canvas, 1930). He also exhibited at Dowdeswells (1890), Nottingham (1894) and Whitechapel (1902).
(Fine Art Cornwall)

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