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Richard QUANCE


Born on 5 February 1846, Penzance (GRO). He is known to have exhibited paintings with Newlyn titles in the West Cornwall Arts Union exhibition of 1877, giving a Penzance address as home. 

In the 1881 Census, Richard Quance's wife is recorded as living in Penzance (he may have been away on the counting day). He is known to have acted as Secretary to the Penzance School of Art, Morrab Road, 1884, on behalf of Penzance Town Council.

Quance exhibited 1885-6 in Penzance, and at that time the artist was also a Town Councillor. In the 1891 Census Richard, along with wife Emily Jane (nee Vingoe) and their three children Richard (b 1873), Ethel Maud (b 1878) and Violet Vingoe (b1882), are listed as living together in Penzance (where all five were born) at 10 Victoria Place. 

In 1892 he and his family emigrated to South Africa on the Spartan. Though the passenger list identifies Quance as an artist, and due to Bednar he is now listed in various arts dictionaries devoted to art in South Africa, his death certificate records that his occupation was as a Steward at the Victoria Falls Power Station.  He died aged 75 at the Government Hospital at Boksburg.


St Ives association.



Hilda Quick was born in Penzance, the only child of Richard Hichens Quick and Gertrude Webb Ball.  She then trained in art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. Her great interest was in woodcuttings and she specialised in wood engraving becoming a pupil of Noel Rooke and then pursuing this study also in Paris. From this period in her student life come illustrations of Normandy and Brittany which she exhibited both in London and in Newlyn at NAG. At home in Penzance, she lived with her parents, from childhood at 10 Penrose Terrace, and latterly at Clarence Cottage at the top of Clarence Street.

The Minutes of the Newlyn Art Gallery in September 1925 record that Miss Quick's 'tint' was to be used as the wall colouring in the Exhibition rooms. In 1936 she was co-opted to the Arranging Committee for the Cornish Loan Exhibition of that year.Her exhibition piece at NAG for 1937 was Amalveor Downs.

Locally she is known to have created designs and wood engravings for the Minack Theatre programmes, and worked directly with Rowena CADE, who created the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno. They also worked together on the Arranging Committee for the Loan Exhibition mentioned above. A story panel at the Theatre museum gives an account of illustrations that she created for the posters and programmes, and full size replicas of some.

In 1948, her book Marsh and Shore, which she both wrote and illustrated with wood engravings, became a bestseller. She also produced studies of workers at the Newlyn Fish Market and other local community activities.

In 1951, following the deaths of both her father (1947) and her mother (1951), she moved to the Scillies and lived at Priglis Cottage, St Agnes, where she was to remain for the rest of her life.  She continued to produce wood engravings, illustrations of bird life and annual Christmas cards. In 1964 her book, Birds of the Scilly Isles was published. Her sending-in address for exhibitions in London and elsewhere was St George's Galleries, London. She continued to produce work until her death at the age of 83 (1978).

In 1980, John HALKES and some of her faithful friends put together a small touring exhibition, which was made available upon request around Cornwall in aid of the projected Gallery extension project of the day (NAG). This must have been a rather ad hoc arrangement because her exhibition is not listed in the Gallery programme for that year, though there is correspondence on file proving that it occurred as a show at NAG.  It was transported and shown on the island of St Agnes, supervised by her friend Daphne Gould from Hampshire (deceased 2003), who had a summer home there.  This was picked up by the Area Museum Council for the South West and made part of their touring exhibitions for loan in 1982-83. It comprised a series of original prints mounted on panels for wall hanging and required about 50 linear feet.

Kenneth QUICK


St Ives-born, Kenneth Quick was one of the last of the Cornish apprentice potters taken on by Bernard LEACH, straight from the local school. He showed himself to be one on the most promising of the younger St Ives potters, subsequently spending many years at the Leach Pottery (1945-1955 and 1960-1963).  

He was a production thrower of standard ware, but his work soon showed a distinct individuality (which is what Bernard Leach looked for in his students), and when he was fully trained Kenneth taught many of the overseas students to throw. In 1955 Kenneth opened his own workshop - Tregenna Hill Pottery in St Ives - producing items for the kitchen and table, working in stoneware and red earthenware with his own pottery seal. After five years of running a successful one-man venture he took a six month instruction and teaching post in America.

On his return to Cornwall Kenneth asked Janet LEACH and Bernard if he could resume work at the Leach Pottery, to which they readily agreed. He and Bill MARSHALL were mostly responsible for the training of the new influx of pottery students from art colleges who were engaged on a two-year work-trainee basis. After a further two years of working at the Leach Pottery, Bernard and Janet, anxious to encourage the young man in his further development and exploration of pottery, helped him to realise his ambition of going to Japan to study with Shoji HAMADA. A month before coming home he was tragically drowned in a swimming accident, news which devastated the Leachs.

Richard QUICK


A feature published in The Cornishman (1883), entitled 'The Painting School of the Royal Bavarian Academy, Munich' was credited as 'by Richard Quick, a Cornish Student at the Academy' . The dates and references are correct to assume that this is a Bristol-born painter (J&G) who studied at South Kensington School of Art and the Munich Academy (4 Years).

He went on to become the Curator of the Bristol Art Gallery and the curator of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth (1921-32). His addresses were in London & Munich (1882), after which the above article was published in Penzance, and from Wolverhampton in 1889.

Arthur Grainger QUIGLEY

He studied at Birkenhead School of Art and also Liverpool School of Art, moving from Birkenhead to Little Sutton, Cheshire, in the early 1930s.  By 1936 he was living in St Ives.



Quinn was born in Liverpool, and studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, and the Slade School of Fine Art. In 2003-4 he was chosen to be Artist in Residence at Tate St Ives, and in 2004 he exhibited solo at the Tate St Ives with the title 'Utopia Dystopia'. In 2007 another solo exhibition at the Wilkinson Gallery, London was entitled 'My Great Unhappiness Gives me a Right to your Benevolence'. Also in 2007 he was selected for the survey show at the Tate St Ives, entitled Art Now Cornwall, and one of his exhibits was Asleep by the Light of Glowworms (2005).

In 2010 he was appointed to the panel of judges for Britain's largest contemporary painting competition, the John Moore's Painting Prize.