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Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall 1880-1940 Ed: Melissa Hardie (Hardback) ISBN: 9780953260966

Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall 1880-1940 Ed: Melissa Hardie (Hardback) ISBN: 9780953260966

far the most comprehensive biographical survey yet published on the art and artists of the period, Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall 1880-1940 is an indispensable resource for collectors, curators and dealers. It will also be a delight – both visually and for its literary content – for the general reader.

The ‘Newlyn School’ of artists has long been a remarkable British phenomenon and even into the twenty-first century continues to fascinate. This dictionary and source-book brings together many contributions; whether reproduced from contemporaneous archive material or written from today’s modern standpoint. At the core of the book are biographies of the many artists and craftspeople working in Newlyn, Lamorna and Penzance, extending into St Ives and the surrounding areas.

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Bodmin And Wenford Railway by Don Bishop (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841149219

Bodmin And Wenford Railway by Don Bishop (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841149219

Bodmin And Wenford Railway by Don Bishop (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841149219


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Celtic Cornwall by Alan M. Kent and Jan Beare (Hardback) ISBN: 9780857040787

Celtic Cornwall by Alan M. Kent and Jan Beare (Hardback) ISBN: 9780857040787

Exploring the sites associated with the Celts, both in ancient and in more modern times, he provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the landscape, life and traditions that have made Cornwall and its people ‘different’.
The contemporary photography of Jan Beare, combined with many historic images, adds immensely to the visual impact of the book and provides for the reader a ready-made guide to sites they can visit and explore for themselves.


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Charles Simpson: Painter of animals & birds, coastline and moorland by John Branfield (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537434

Charles Simpson: Painter of animals & birds, coastline and moorland by John Branfield (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537434

In the early 1920s Charles Simpson was the leading figure in the St Ives art colony. After running a local art school with his wife, he moved to London in 1924, later returning to Cornwall where he continued to write and illustrate, producing books on photography and art. He was prolific in painting hunting and racing scenes and carrying out commissions for horse-and-rider portraits. By then living in Lamorna, Simpson returned to painting the coastline and his favourite subject – ducks on the stream or millpond.


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A Child's War In Cornwall by John C. Harding (Hardback) ISBN: 9781906551247

A Child's War In Cornwall by John C. Harding (Hardback) ISBN: 9781906551247

John Harding was just eight and a half years old when war was declared in 1939. His is the `Voice of a schoolboy' in this remarkable memoir of an idyllic childhood spent In Cornwall against the background of the dark clouds of war.
Moving from Bristol to Plymouth in what has been described as `England's darkest hour', he, together with his mother, brother and sisters, experience the horrors of the Blitz, as a result of which - joined by their father - they move to the remote and seemingly peaceful region bordering the Fal estuary in Cornwall.


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Cornish Family Names by Bob Richards (Paperback) ISBN: 9780752449760

Cornish Family Names by Bob Richards (Paperback) ISBN: 9780752449760

Almost every town and village in Cornwall has been used as a surname, and the traditional Cornish trades of fishing and mining have also provided inspiration for family names. Surnames can reveal a lot about family history, but their origins can be difficult to trace. This handy lexicon, drawn together from an exhaustive research, serves as an ideal starting point for tracing ancestry. Packed with information about notable families and migration, this is also an ideal book for anyone interested in the story of Cornish people.


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Cornwall's Fisherfolk - Art & Artifice by Mary O'Neill (Paperback) ISBN: 9781908326591

Cornwall's Fisherfolk - Art & Artifice by Mary O'Neill (Paperback) ISBN: 9781908326591

Cornwall’s ‘fisherfolk’: Art and Artifice, the first book on ‘Newlyn School’ paintings for some years (as opposed to individual artist monographs), examines Cornish fisherfolk imagery in a fresh light. It integrates local research into broader national and international debates on the fisherfolkgenre.

It explores the concept of models selected from Cornwall’s fishing populations and offered to the spectator as ideal national types – as model citizens. Regional versions of London’s 1883 International Fisheries Exhibition enabled the Cornish to present themselves as a proud, independent seafaring people. Press coverage of such events typified contemporary debates elevating rural, homely values over those of urban Britain.

The book investigates the whitewashed, spare, orderly cottage interiors to identify values that artists promoted in paintings of the Cornish home. The interior shaped the many representations of Cornish fisherwomen. Their healthy, natural beauty, praised by Stanhope Forbes and fêted in the local press, was also celebrated outdoors. Costume was a large part of feminine appeal, yet artistic treatment of fisherwomen’s dress was highly selective.

Artists heroised the Cornish fisherman as hardy, industrious and stalwart. Against the background of contemporary concerns about Britain’s naval fortunes as well as its fish stocks, the fisherman’s sea-going costume is proposed as an emblem of the nation’s seafaring heritage. Meanwhile, the visual spectacle of Cornish Methodist processions draws on a fishing community’s self-presentation as orderly, temperate and responsible citizens.


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Ella and Charles Naper - Art and Life at Lamorna by John Branfield (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537045

Ella and Charles Naper - Art and Life at Lamorna by John Branfield (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537045

Through their close friendships, Ella and Charles Naper helped define the Lamorna art colony in its heyday. Ella had learned handicrafts at the Camberwell School of Arts, in the tradition of C R Ashbee. She joined Frederick Partridge’s jewellery workshop at Branscombe in South Devon, where she developed and refined her feel for art nouveau.

She married a young architect and painter, Charles Naper. They moved to Lamorna, becoming part of the Samuel J Birch circle. Charles was an accomplished landscape painter, later concentrating on the geometry of cliffs and rock formations. Ella set up the Lamorna Pottery with Kate Westrup, producing beautifully modelled ceramic figures. But the enduring artistic legacy is Ella’s elegant jewellery, today highly regarded by connoisseurs and collectors.


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The Gibsons: Master Photographers of Victorian Cornwall by John Edwards (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408444

In June 2016, Penlee House Gallery & Museum took possession of an outstanding photographic collection by Gibson & Sons. It comprises 1266 photographic prints, 108 individual postcards with many additional duplicates, and 259 negative glass plates. The vast majority of the photographs date from 1880-1900s and are a treasure trove of what life was like in this period in West Cornwall. The Gibsons were not content to be just studio photographers but were photographic chroniclers of outdoor life on land and sea, of important social events and of the Cornish landscape with its mining and ancient archaeological heritage.

This book explores the Gibsons’ legacy, the work of a family of artist photographers, notably the founder of Gibson, John Gibson (1827 – 1920) and his son Alexander Gibson (1857 – 1944). The Gibsons are among the pioneers of British photography. The book not only includes a representative sample of their work in West Penwith and beyond but also adds an illuminating commentary to many of the photographs.


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Sea of Storms: Shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by Richard Larn (Hardback) ISBN: 9780995502864 APRIL 2019

Sea of Storms: Shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by Richard Larn (Hardback) ISBN: 9780995502864 APRIL 2019

Over the centuries , the perilous coasts of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly have become the graveyards of thousands of ships. This book provides a unique insight into twenty-one of the most dramatic shipwrecks, covering a 500 year timeline. Their histories are brought to life by Richard Larn whose experience as a diver on many of these wrecks spans a remarkable seven decades. Each story is accompanied by the original artwork of Oliver Hurst who has portrayed the real-time events happening to those who found themselves battling the elemental forces around these coasts.


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