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Mary STEWART

Born in Sandal, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, she studied under Gilbert Foster, Stanhope FORBES and Alfred Prago. Her addresses were in London (1913 and 1935); Harrogate (1910 and 1918); Brighton (1914); and Bournemouth (1923).

Helen STEWART WEIR

see Helen Stuart WEIR

Charles E STIFFE

1863—1926

A painter who exhibited between 1882-1901 (W H Lane catalogue), and created a painting entitled Eagle's Nest, which formed part of the Reverend Griffin's Collection.  At the time of the painting, the home belonged to Professor John Westlake and his wife Alice WESTLAKE.  Later Eagle's Nest became the home of artist Patrick HERON.

Charles and his sisters were the children of John G Stiffe (b1827 in Bristol, Somerset) who was an architect and later an artist-sculptor, specialising in landscape painting. Their mother is as yet unidentified.

From Census data, it appears that Charles was the third child and only son in a family of five children, who lived together with a servant in London at 154 Alexander Road, South Hampstead. In 1881 his sister Maria (age 25) born in Paddington, is listed as head of the family, and his older sister, Helena, was a school teacher, born like Charles in Germany where his father worked for a period as an architect. That same year, their father (a widower) is listed as a visitor and landscape artist working in Yorkshire. He is known to have exhibited at the RA at least once.

Charles in 1881 is listed as an art student, while two younger sisters (both born in Wales) were still at school. By the time of the 1901 Census, their father had died and Maria, Helena and Katherine were living together as unmarried sisters in Folkestone Kent. Charles married in 1903 to Emily Wilhelmina (?surname) in Guildford, Surrey but it is not known, as yet, when the couple arrived in Cornwall. His younger sister, Katherine STIFFE, also an artist, had sending in addresses at Lelant, Cornwall (1913) and Launceston, Cornwall (1927) before leaving the county. His sister Helena died at Launceston, Cornwall in 1925.

Charles Stiffe died in Penzance, Cornwall on the 4th of May 1926; he and his wife Emily W are buried at the Eastern Cemetery, Lelant, near St Ives.

Katherine STIFFE

1866—

Mentioned in Whybrow's 1911-20 list of artists in and around St Ives. From Census data it has been possible to identify Katherine as the younger sister of Charles E STIFFE.  Katherine was born in Wales, the daughter of landscape artist and architect John Gilbee Stiffe and his wife.

Katherine grew up in London and was schooled there. As yet her art training is unknown, but she is recognised by Johnson & Greutzner as a floral artist, exhibiting between 1904 and 1939. In 1881 she was a scholar living with her family in South Hampstead, London (154 Alexander Road) and in 1904 her sending-in address for exhibitions was in Folkestone, Kent where she had settled with her unmarried sisters, Maria and Helena.

By 1913 she had moved to Lelant in Cornwall and from 1927 to Launceston, Cornwall, where her sister Helena had died two years previously. In 1928 she had moved to Uckfield and in 1932 to Horsham, Sussex.

Sally STILES

1946—

The artist was born in Plymouth and studied textiles at Goldsmith's College, London 1964-68, later achieving a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art 1990-95.  Since 1975 she has been based in Falmouth, though working county wide and exhibiting in group shows with the Porthmeor Print Workshop.

Frederick Wilton Litchfield STOCKDALE

1780—1850

He was primarily a topographer, working as assistant to the Military Secretary to the East India Company until, due to ill health, he was compelled to resign. However, despite this, he contributed prolifically to topographical works. Stockdale also exhibited in the Royal Academy. 

He produced a watercolour of St Erth Church, probably painted during his tour of Cornwall around 1820-22, for the book Excursions in Cornwall, published in 1824 by W Simpson and R Marshall of London.

Ethel STOCKER

—1946

Her work was first exhibited in 1903 when she was living in Handsworth, Birmingham, but she seems to have moved to Cornwall shortly thereafter, as she exhibited at RCPS in 1904. When she joined STISA she was living at 6 Porthminster Terrace, St Ives, exhibiting watercolours of village subjects executed on her travels and locally, working from Loft Studios.

Claire STOCKINGS-BAKER

Claire Stockings-Baker works from Krowji Studios in Redruth. She combines her painting practice with the making of organically-inspired pieces of jewellery.

Margaret Olrog STODDART

1865—1934

The artist 'representing the first generation of colonial New Zealand artists who were to succeed as professional painters' was born at Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand. On her family's second trip back to her father's native Scotland, she was enrolled at the Merchant Maiden School, Edinburgh, where she took art lessons (1876-9).

Returning home, she began as a foundation student at the Canterbury School of Art (CSA) in 1882. Starting as a flower painter, as many women training in art did, she became fascinated with native plants, providing her with opportunities to travel widely in 1886 and in 1891 (Chatham Islands). From 1883, she exhibited with the CSA and other New Zealand societies, winning a prize for a study of ferns in 1885. Having met the Australian flower painter, Ellis Rowan, she visited Melbourne, Australia in 1894 to hold a solo show, which was met with glowing reviews.

In 1899 she travelled back to Europe, initially studying with Louis GRIER at St Ives, where she was greatly influenced by the Newlyn school manner of working. That same year she travelled to Europe, possibly in the first instance with Norman GARSTIN. Later, in Paris, she studied under the expatriate American artist, Charles Augustus C Lasar (1856-1936) where he held his own atelier. After settling back in St Ives, she was visited by New Zealand friends Frances HODGKINS and Dorothy RICHMOND in 1902, and further extended her interest in landscape painting. Stoddart finally returned to New Zealand in 1907 and taught at the Canterbury School of Art, remaining a leading member of the arts community until her death in North Canterbury. A collection of her watercolour studies of native NZ flowers is in the Canterbury Museum, and she is represented in most major galleries there, with a large collection in McDougall. One of her titles, Old Cornish Orchard (c1902) was purchased in 2000 by the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. A major retrospective, with accompanying book by Julie King, Flowers into Landscape (Christchurch: Robert McDougall Art Gallery), was held in 1997-8.

Mark STODDART

1964—

Mark Stoddart is a sculptor who was born in Nottingham. He moved to St Ives in 2007. Many of his works, particularly the larger ones, are conceived with the idea that they should also be experienced by touch. This means that anyone with visual impairment can enjoy them.