The family name of the artist Garstin Cox, was at the time of his birth Cock, but by the time of the birth of his younger sister four years later in the 1890s, she was also identified as Cox. It appears that Garstin was also named for his father, i.e. William (Census 1901), but his death notice is in the name of 'Garstin Norman Cox' honouring his great admiration for the work of Lionel Lea Townley BIRCH.
The son of the amateur artist William COCK, Garstin Cox began his studies at Camborne Art School, then briefly studied with Stanhope FORBES and in St Ives with John Noble BARLOW. It was while he was touring with Barlow in 1910, that his father, was able to secure a studio in St Ives on St Andrews Street, for them both to employ on painting trips to the town from their home in Camborne. They called it the Beach Studio, and added to it the following year by taking a lease on the 'Ocean Wave Studio' next door at No. 6.
His first painting at the RA was The Coming of Spring in 1912 (at the early age of 19), and he also exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy and Guildhall, London. Later he worked from the Atlantic Studio, the Lizard (1930). Golden Autumn (1914), an oil on canvas, is part of the fine art collection of the RCM, Truro.
When he married Dorothy Charlotte Caroline Pike in 1920 his name was recorded as William Norman Garstin Cox and the couple had a son, Garstin T Cox, born in 1921.
He died of bronchial pnuemonia and influenza on 28 February, in the 1933 influenza epidemic during which he had been helping to nurse his ailing father. His father survived him, dying in 1939.
Painter of landscapes
works and access
Works include: The Coming of Spring (1912); Sundown at Kynance Cove; Kynance, the Lizard Coastline; Springtime (1913); Morning Glory (1913); Moonrise on the Fal (1913); A Cornish Valley (1913); A Bit of Devonshire (1913); Summer Afternoon (1914); Springtime (1920); Midwinter Sunrise; Truro Cathedral from Kenwyn Church; Old Cornwall - Roseworthy Valley; A Cornish Creek; Heathland Flowers on the Cornish Cliff; Permearnas from the sandhills; The Steeple Rock; Kynance; Study of Rocks, Kynance; A bit of old Camborne; Cornish Waterway (1920) and Under Dartmoor
WH Lane Brochures: Lamorna in April and Steeple rock, Kynance Cove (1920) (Cornwall WH Lanes Brochures)
Access to work: In November of 1919 he presented a canvas to the St Dunstan's Academy, which was purchased by the Johannesburg Art Gallery (STIT 13.11.1919)
Penlee House, Penzance: Carn Brea; Departing Day, Cornwall; RCM, Truro: Golden Autumn
RWA; NSA; SI
RA 1912, 1913
St Ives 1912
Harris & Sons Galleries, Plymouth June 1920
NAG December 1925, Spring 1926, July 1926, December 1926, Summer 1928, November 1928, Summer 1929, March 1931, July 1932
misc further info
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (Col pl: Departing Day [Penlee House])
I Green [in] Hardie 2009 Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall p78
Johnson & Gruetzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
NAG Exhibition records (See Hardie 1995, 2009)
PCF (2007) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership
Tovey (2009) St Ives (1860-1930) A Social History p129-30
Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1911-20 list pp 216-18)
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