Recorded in the 1901 Census as a Boarder at 61 Hawkes Point, an Artist, living on his Own Acount, born at Carlshalton in Surrey. By 1904 he had moved to Porthminster House, Penare Road, Penzance, and from that address exhibited a painting at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool.
John Wheeley Gutch was born in Bristol on Christmas eve. He initially trained as a surgeon in Bristol and practised as a physician in Florence, Swansea and London before quitting medicine in the 1840s to become a Queen's Messenger and editor of a new scientific annual. His wide range of interests encompassed botany, geology, entomology, meteorology and experimenting with photography, which began as early as 1841, just after Fox-Talbot had announced his discovery.
Gutch was particularly active in photography during the mid- to late-1850s, and was perhaps unique amongst early exponents of the medium in making comprehensive records of a variety of locations in Britain, from the South West to Cumberland, Scotland and Wales. He was interested mainly in using photography as a means for finding both 'health and happiness', and 'the Picturesque', given that there was much change during that period of Industrialisation, and for his own personal creativity in undertaking the craft of perserving images.
He bravely attempted to photograph every church in Bristol and Gloucestershire in 1858-59. The landscape and people of Cornwall greatly inspired Gutch, providing him with some of his best visual material. During a three-month period in 1858, he made an extensive journey through the coastal landscapes of this wild and rugged terrain, managing to make over one hundred photographs of coasts, cliffs and rock formations, and protraits.
The West of Cornwall in particular appealed to him, with its ancient tombs and history, and the botany thriving all around (particularly lichens, heathers and grasses). He found Land's End an inspiration, and the piles of stones 'stand out in full majesty', but he also focused on studies of Cornish fishermen and their families and groups of young miners, 'arguably his finest', according to Summers. A printed list, published by Penzance bookseller Rowe in 1859, recorded these Cornish photographs.
The 1859 announcement of the list of RCPS 'premiums' (the prizes in the annual competitive exhibitions) for 1860 included, for the first time, a new category in the already large class of 'Fine Arts'. This was One Pound 'for the best series of not less than 12 photographs'. The Reverend Gutteres, a talented amateur, was the winner.
Born in London, Melanie Guy obtained a BA (Hons) in Applied Art, followed by a Certificate of Education and Diploma in Art & Design (Ceramics). She has had an extensive career in art education, and has worked in ceramics and jewellery; more recently she has been a professional exhibiting artist working in metal. She has lived and worked in east Cornwall since 1977. Currently she works with pewter, extending the possibilities of the metal into expressive forms.
The artist's address was Clifton, Bristol, and she is known to have studied at the Slade School of Art, Delacluse's Academy, Paris, and also in St Ives. Tovey mentions that she exhibited St Ives landscapes at BAPFA for several years (Note 525).
Gwynne-Jones was born in Richmond, Surrey and educated at Miss Clare Berry's School at Folkestone (1899-1902) and Bedales (1902-1910). He spent six months in Germany from 1910-1911, and from 1911-14 studied Law under the solicitor, Joynson Hicks, but never practised, instead developing a love of art and beginning to paint watercolours.
In 1914 he began a course at the Slade School of Fine Art, but was commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment three months later. He was wounded and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Returning to the Slade after demobilisation in 1919, he won many prizes for his work, including First Prize for painting from life: a cash prize of £6.
Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art (1923-30), he gained renown for his own painting, most notably portraits and paintings of flowers. In 1926 he was elected to the New English Art Club, remaining a member until 1940. From 1930-59 he taught at the Slade School of Fine Art. Gwynne-Jones was elected Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1955 and RA in 1965.
In 1979 he gave up painting due to failing eyesight, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980, only two years before his death.
His association in Cornwall is with Zennor c1919, when he spent some months painting before attending the Slade.