'You do not appear to have any record of Rousseau J J painting in St Ives? Just come accross this exhibit in the 1906 Paris Salon and thought you may be interested as it proves he must have visited Cornwall. I cannot find a reference to him in Cornwall index.' More information welcome!
Vanessa Rousseau Richardson was born in South Africa but now lives in Cornwall. A marine artist, she has developed her own unique impasto style to create three-dimensional artworks on canvas. She also produces decorative art inspired by her South African heritage. She has exhibited at the Shire Hall Gallery in Bodmin.
Caroline Rousseaux was born in London. She has a degree in Fine Art from University College Falmouth. Her art practice is inspired by theatre, folklore and nature. She is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Art & Environment at UCF. In 2011 she founded CArTS (Children's ArT Studio) in Falmouth, which offers creative workships for environmental education for wild cat conservation.
From a family of artists, Claude was brother to the artist Charles, and a grandson of Thomas Leeson Rowbotham. He opened his studio at Upton Slip in about 1896 in Falmouth, and lived at Trevelyan, 6 Woodlane Terrace.
Best known for his aquatints based on travels around the country and abroad (Cornwall, Devon, Lake District, Italy, Yorkshire and Scotland), he first employed young women to hand-colour his prints but later invented a colour printing process. This he partially described in a lecture at the RCPS reprinted in the RCPS Proceedings for 1916.
In 1910 he also exhibited at the RCPS in the watercolour section, and was considered to have a fine talent. The family left Falmouth in 1919 for Berkshire where he continued his work. Rowbotham is a good example of an artist who is never noticed in the reference books as having an established presence in West Cornwall.
A recent correspondent (2012) has identified and described two lovely miniature paintings as exhibiting delicate and great detail, entitled (in pencil) 'At Portscatho' and 'St Just in Roseland'. She had purchased these some years ago at a sale in Wigtown, Scotland.
Another correspondent (2013) has listed the paintings held in their private collection: 'I have six watercolours signed and dated by the above named artist. All are scenes of Cornwall and apart from one have titles as follows: Storm Lelant Cornwall 1909, Evening Mylor Bridge Falmouth 1904, Falmouth Harbour 1909, Kynance Cove Cornwall 1901, Sunset St Mawes Cornwall 1909. The untitled one is signed and dated 1907.' Adding to these findings is yet another (2013) who writes from France to say about A Break in the Clouds - Lizard Downs: 'I should like to inform you that I have the above-named work by Claude Rowbotham in my possession. It was bought by my father probably in the 1950s. It is signed in pencil, undated, measures 3.5 by 2 ins (without the surround) and well preserved. A real little gem.'
This must be the year for discovering CR all over again, as a correspondent from Australia writes: 'I have just purchased an undated, framed and signed 3.5" x 2.25" etching of Mapledurham Mill by above artist, a long way from home here in Tasmania, Australia. Sadly the surround has suffered some slight water damage but that can be fixed!
From Hastings has come the following in (2015): I was given by my aunt some years ago a picture by
Claude Rowbotham which says on the back: "Original Aquatint" by Claude H. Rowbotham. Edition Strictly Limited to 100 signed Artists' Proofs." It is signed under the aquatint and entitled, "Drying the Nets, Cadgwith".
Now in 2016 we have an additional reference to a Cornish watercolour by the artist: "I was interested to read about the information on the artist Claude Rowbotham. I have a watercolour of his which is of Gweek on the Helford and is signed and dated 1897. I inherited it from my father. My father remembers this watercolour hanging in the drawing room of Menheniot vicarage, near Liskeard.... My father was born 1920 so he would recall it from the late 1920's. It also has the original framers label: T. Solomon & Co, Artists Colourmen, Gilders & Picture-frame Makers of 19, King St, Truro. It was refurbished in 1979 but has remained in the same family, probably since original purchase and has only been outside Cornwall for a very short time when I lived in Rutland for five years. I have recently returned to Cornwall and it now hangs on the wall here only a few miles from Gweek."
It is excellent to know that this artist's work is still be bought and treasured, and also how important art is in people's lives.
Born in Plymouth, he was educated at Plymouth Public School and King's College, London. He first exhibited with STISA in 1929, having had some success at Liverpool in the previous couple of years.
He lived at Mount Hawke, Truro, writing hundreds of articles on the history of Truro and its surrounding parishes, having made an extensive study of early Cornish newspapers. He was Secretary of the Kernow Society and was keen on archaeology, photographing nearly all the Cornish crosses.
In 1928 at NAG he exhibited The Old Pine and The Three Sisters at the Summer Show. Like Borlase SMART, he was initiated as a Bard at the Gorsedd at Roche Rock in 1933 (depicted by Herbert TRUMAN), his chosen name being Menhyryon (Long-Stones). He contributed to early editions of the Cornish Review, by which time he was serving as the representative of Cornwall on the General Committee of the Celtic Congress.
Cat Rowe studied Art History at Winchester School of Art. This was followed by an MA in Illustration at University College Falmouth. She has exhibited both within the UK and in France, and her work was featured in Cornwall Today (June 2010).