Alexander Kay BRANDER

1817—1906

Sited in the art collection of the Helston Folk Museum are four oil paintings by an hitherto unknown (to us) artist of impressive ability.  All four are marine paintings and all of schooners (as listed below) painted in oil on canvas. Another painting, also illustrated in the Public Catalogue Foundation review, is in the possession of the Newquay Old Cornwall Society. 

2015: The following information on this painter has been submitted by a researcher into the history of Porthleven, Rodney Stephens, who obtained it from a list of Coastguards 1841-1901.

Alexander Kay Brander was born in Torpoint, Cornwall in 1816/17. He began painting during the 1860s, when he was a coastguard stationed at Tresco, on the Isles of Scilly. He married Amy Morice Town, from Plymouth, and they had five children. Brander is believed to have spent the first part of his retirement in Falmouth. From there he moved to Budock nearby. His wife pre-deceased him, and he died in Falmouth in 1906.