Frank Gascoigne HEATH

Frank Gascoigne HEATH

Born in Coulsdon, Surrey, he studied at South Kensington, Croydon and Westminster, and also Antwerp before attending the Forbes School in Newlyn in 1899. He lived and worked variously at Paul, Newlyn, Polperro and Lamorna, and married fellow student Jessica DOHERTY in 1910.

They built their family home at Menwinnion, near Paul in Cornwall. Heath served with Royal Fusiliers in WWI, and suffered poor health and depression for the rest of his life as a result of being gassed in France in 1915. His closest ties were to Newlyn Society of Artists, and he exhibited with STISA irregularly.


Painter of landscapes, figures and coastal subjects

works and access

Works include: Porthminster Beach, St Ives; illustration of Heath oil of Harbour with sea gulls (IG, 1909);  In the Cowshed; Evening on the Cliffs and The Braken Cutter (c1920); Madonna Lilies (1921); Boy and Ferret (1921); Digging Potatoes on the Cliff (1921); The Keigwin Arms (1925, drypoint etching); Girl Plucking Goose (1928); A summer afternoon (repr Hardie 2009)

Access to:  Gulls, Newlyn Harbour (1909) at RCM, Truro


RA (25) 1914; 

Paris Salon

NAG May 1902 (first gallery sale), March 1909, September 1920 Revival Exhibition, Spring 1921, Spring 1925, December 1925, Spring 1926, July and December 1926, Summer 1928, Summer 1929, March 1931

WCAA Founding Art Auction (2004), Queen's Hotel (Donation from grand-daughter)




Personal bibliography

Bedford (1995) Frank Gascoigne Heath and his ‘Newlyn School’ friends at Lamorna (illus in colour & b/w)

Bedford (2009) 'The Heaths', a biographical essay about Jessica and Frank Heath (p103 in Hardie 2009)


Cornish Telegraph (25 Mar 1909)


Crespon-Halotier (p 260)

Fox (1985) Painting in Newlyn

Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904

Green (2002) Posing the Model

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

NAG sales records (repr Hardie 2009)

Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge

RCPS Exhibitors list (J F Tonkin)

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Collections

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash

Wallace (2002) Under the Open Sky

Wormleighton (1995) A Painter Laureate