Georgina BAINSMITH

1858—1937

The artist was trained first in Taunton, Somerset, where she was awarded a medal (1885) for sculpture, and subsequently attended art school in London. She married Henry BAINSMITH, also a sculptor, who worked from Park Studio in St John's Wood (exhibited 1890-92 RA, RBA). The couple had one son, Bruce. Owing to the sudden death of Henry in 1893, Georgina moved to St Ives, Cornwall with her mother and younger sister Mabel BUCKNALL.

Mabel later married the photographer John Christian William DOUGLAS (Will) in 1897, which may have positively influenced Georgina to take up photography herself. Tovey reveals, in his in-depth research into the social history of the artists and their involvement in St Ives, that for some years she ran a photographic studio on the High Street in St Ives, and created photographic exhibits which she mounted at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society exhibition (1902) and later at the Royal Photographic Society in London.  Georgina was a regular Show Day exhibitor in St Ives from 1895-1908.