La Thangue studied at the South Kensington and Lambeth schools before entering the RA from 1875, where he won the RA Schools Gold Medal 1879, and studied with J L Gerome in Paris for three years. Whilst in Paris he came under influence of the Barbizon and plein-air painters such as Bastien-Lepage and Dagnan-Bouveret.
On his return to London he exhibited widely, though not in Cornwall until the Newlyn Art Gallery opened in 1895. He lived at Bosham, Surrey and was a close friend of Stanhope FORBES, whom he met first as a fellow pupil at Dulwich College. He was greatly in sympathy with the aims and ideals of the Newlyn School, although his subjects tended to be farm workers and country life rather than fisherfolk. To show solidarity with Forbes, he sent his painting Clearing the Orchard to Newlyn in spring 1896; the WCAA holds a letter which asks politely for this to be packed and returned to him at Bosham, Chichester.
He is included here more as an influential force, and a name often mentioned in the history of the Newlyn colony, than because of time spent in West Cornwall.
The Cornwall Polytechnic Society records: 'The fifty-fifth annual Exhibition was opened on Tuesday, September 6th, at the Polytechnic Hall, Falmouth... After refering to the various departments of the Exhibition, he remarked, with regard to photography, which was in the charge of Mr Brooks, who took a great interest in the Society, that this department was in advance of previous years in portraiture; J Lafayette having an excellent portrait of the Countess of Londonderry, to which has been awarded a Silver medal.'
Venessa Lagrand was born in Kent but studied Art & Design at Cornwall College, Camborne, and lives in Rame, near Penryn. Her subject matter includes the landscapes and harbours of Cornwall. Her work is held in private collections in St Mawes, New Jersey and Portugal.
Born in Penzance, Laity became a member of the Industrial Class before WWI. John Edgar Laity was the father of John Curnow Laity (born at Helston in 1898, and destined to become the eventual historian of Newlyn Copper). John Edgar continued to make copper objects of artistic and useful design, in his spare time, throughout his life.
A painting by this artist, St Michael's Mount (1995) is in the art collection held by the West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance.
The Rev J Lakes of Liskeard was awarded a Second Bronze Medal for Entrapped Jay and Robin (watercolour, Amateur section) at the 1835 Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Exhibition.
Work by this artist is included in the University College Falmouth art collection.
Included here not because of a special connection to Cornwall, but because of his subject matter: a portrait of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the quintessential Cornishman. Lamb's oil on canvas portrait (107 x 81) of Q is in the collection of the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.