Born in Devon to authors George and Ruth Manning-Sanders, Joan spent her early life in Sussex, France, Devon and Cornwall. She was educated by her governess, Miss Florence Bridge, who encouraged Joan and her younger brother David to visualize their history and Bible studies, and to put down their images on paper.
At the age of twelve she was asked by Bernard WALKE to do a series of watercolours of the New Testament for his church at St Hilary near Penzance, Cornwall. Realising her talent, her parents arranged for her to have a studio at Sennen Cove. In 1927 she exhibited two paintings in the Daily Express Young Artists' Exhibition at the RBA Galleries, not realising that the qualification for entry was age 18 and over. Her work was so good the organisers thought her age to be 18 and not the 13 as stated on the entry form.
In 1928, at sixteen years of age, she came to national prominence as the youngest person ever to have a painting hung at the RA, receiving universal praise. In 1929 Faber & Faber produced an illustrated book on her art, and a similar book was produced in New York the following year. She then went on to study at the Chelsea School of Art and continued to exhibit at the RA until 1935.
During WWII she became involved with STISA, and was raised from Associate to full Member in 1944. Shortly after this she married, becoming Joan Floyd, and after the birth of her sons Christopher and John moved to Canada. On returning to the UK, she helped her mother, Ruth Manning-Sanders, with research for her many books of folk and fairy tales. Her home was in Penzance, Cornwall, where she died.
Jo March was brought up on a family farm in south east Cornwall. After graduating from Sheffield University she returned to Cornwall to embark on a career as a self-taught artist. Her work reflects a fascination for the eccentricities which lie just below the surface of rural life. In addition to her skill as a landscape artist, Jo is also an accomplished figure painter. She was commissioned to paint the winner of the English and Scottish Greyhound Derby in 2003 and 2004.
Born and brought up until the age of nineteen in Falmouth, Markey often returns to Cornwall from his current home. His painting Falmouth 1998 was selected for the Falmouth Art Gallery exhibition 20 Years of Contemporary Art in 2000.
Markey was an art teacher at the Falmouth School of Art, and worked with the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. He is considered to be the 'father' of the Falmouth automata makers, and brought many followers into the fold. His work is represented in the Falmouth Art Gallery Automata Collection.
Though listed as an artist in drawing and landscape in the 1851 Census for Cornwall, he is listed as living at either 1 Regent Square, Madron or 1 Morrab Place, Penzance. At the date of census he was 20 years old and unmarried, the Falmouth-born son of Mary Marrack, innkeeper. Later he became a victualler; there is no further information on George Marrack, artist, currently available.
Charles Marriott was born in Bristol in 1869, one of the younger sons of William and Lucy Marriott, his father being a brewer and maltster of comfortable means. For many years he worked as Art Critic for The Times, writing numerous books and articles about the British arts and crafts [See Open Library for list of publications]. In 1889 he came to Cornwall for the first time, and the county began to gain hold of his interest and imagination.
His 'Memories of Cornwall's Art Colonies' was published in the Cornish Review in Spring 1950, and at the time of writing the article he was living in Somerset, where he died (article reprinted in Hardie 2009). It was Charles Marriott who lived in Flagstaff Cottage, Lamorna,prior to moving to St Ives, thereby making way for the tenancy to be given to Samuel John Lamorna BIRCH, in whose family the house has remained to this day.
Marriott died in Somerset at Weston-super-Mare in 1957 (GRO).