Several dictionaries of British artists make the erroneous suggestion that he was probably the son of H B Carter, the Scarborough artist who lived for a time at Torquay. R H Carter was born in Truro, Cornwall (19 March 1839, GRO), the son of John and Elizabeth Carter and baptised at Truro St Mary's on 24th July 1839. His father was a naval pensioner who had died by 1851 when R H was an apprentice stationer living at Fairmantle Street, Truro with his maternal grandparents, mother and siblings. By 1861 he was a clerk in the copper office and was living in Walsingham Place,Truro.
He painted scenes mainly in Cornwall and Scotland, his earliest recorded works being in 1864. He exhibited at RA and RI from 1864 and at other leading London Galleries. In 1866 he married Ellen Dunn at Truro and they were to have at least three children. 1871 sees him recorded as an accountant and artist living at Strangways Terrace, Truro. He illustrated J T Tregellas' book of 1879 Peeps into the Haunts and Homes .... of Cornwall. In 1881 while still at Strangways Terrace, he is recorded as an artist (landscape) and cashier, while his wife is a professor of music. He was still exhibiting from Truro in 1882 but by 1884 he was living in Falmouth.
By 1891 he and his wife had moved to London and in that year he held an exhibition entitled 'The Shetland Isles' at Arthur Tooth and Sons Galleries in The Haymarket. By 1894 he was exhibiting from Petersfield, Hampshire. At the 1895 Opening Exhibition at Newlyn he showed watercolours of Cornish coastal scenes. By 1896 he was exhibiting from an address in Plymouth and it would appear that his wife continued to live there as she was still there in 1901 while RH was living as a boarder with a fisherman and his family at Sennen Cove. In his later years he took to painting in oils and did less work in watercolour.
Carter was the fellow artist who set off with Walter LANGLEY in July 1904 for Holland, staying at Volendam on the Zuider Zee. There they joined up, and stayed for almost a month, with a flourishing colony of artists led by two younger members of the Hague School, Willy Sluiter and Albert Newhuys. A group (5) of his representative paintings are in the fine art collection of the Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM) at Truro. He died on 7 February, 1911, at Sennen, Cornwall (GRO) at the age of 71.
Originally from Cumberland, the artist first came to Newlyn from her London home to visit her brother, Joey CARTER- WOOD, a talented student at the FORBES SCHOOL. Harold KNIGHT painted her - Portrait of Florence - during her visits (1909-1911), and many others were to follow. She decided that she too would take up landscape painting and attend the Forbes School.
In the Newlyn-Lamorna circle she met Alfred James MUNNINGS, marrying him on 19 January 1912 in Westminster. He painted her frequently, four times on horseback. Seemingly unhappy in their marriage from the beginning, despite their shared love of painting and equestrian activities, Florence died by her own hand of cyanide poisoning on 24 July 1914 at Mrs Jory's Cliff House Hotel (now the Lamorna Cove Hotel), where she and AJ were staying. Her death was the source of Laura KNIGHT's cryptic comment in Oil Paint and Grease Paint, that 'Suddenly the death of a much-loved member of our colony put an end to all joy.' She is buried in Sancreed Graveyard.
In attendance at the FORBES SCHOOL of Painting (1901-2), along with sister, Florence Edith CARTER-WOOD (Blote). In 1909 he exhibited a painting, Trevyder, at NAG while living at Penzer House. He was killed in action on February 1 1915, and his Obituary was not printed until the close of the war and the re-opening of the series of The Year's Art.
Son of artist William CASLEY, who also exhibited from the Lizard, and later in Birmingham. Still to research.
According to each census, William Casley was born at Mullion and it appears likely that he was born towards the end of 1852. Although born at Mullion his family appear to have strong links with St Just in Penwith for in 1861 he is to be found living with his grandparents, William and Celia Casley on their farm at St Just. It is not clear who his parents were.
He was living in Penzance, as a boarder with the Wallis family in 1881 and described as an artist, and in the parish of Landewednack in 1891 (Census) at age 37 as a lodger in the home of the Triggs family and registered as an 'artist from Mullion'. Later in 1891 he married Harriet Ellen Richards in Truro.
According to a statement by his grandson, found on the internet, he had tuition from Walter Langley who gave him one of his own watercolours of a fisherwoman.
At the Opening of the Newlyn Art Gallery in1895 he showed and sold The Lizard Headland, a watercolour of a Cornish coastal scene .
In 1901 he and his family were living at 7 Beacon Terrace, The Lizard and he was still at The Lizard in 1911 when his daughter was a pupil boarding at Truro High School.
Cornish Times of June 23 1910 reported that W Casley, artist at the Lizard, was summoned to court for committing an assault, but no details are known. Over one hundred watercolours have passed through the sale and auction rooms since 1991, some of them bearing the same titles related to paintings of Mount's Bay, the Lizard, Kynance and Land's End.
In 1912, his sending-in address moved to Liverpool and he continued to exhibit. Some of his work may be viewed at Lanhydrock in Cornwall, where the landing outside the principal bedrooms display a collection. His son, Leonard CASLEY, also painted landscapes and exhibited from Pentreath on the Lizard in 1924 at Birmingham.
It is possible that he died in 1918 as a registration in the Helston District which includes The Lizard records the death of a William Casley aged 65.
Born in Leicester 13 January 1855 (Bednar having obtained both GRO certificates), the artist painted a Newlyn title in 1886, the earliest indication of a visit to West Cornwall. His RA exhibits included views of Cornwall, the Midlands, and the Channel Islands. He died in Leicester, aged 70 (7 April 1925, GRO).
In 1882 the artist exhibited a work entitled Gwavas Cove, Newlyn at the RCPS, Falmouth.