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Lee STEVENSON

Born in West Cornwall, Lee trained at the Falmouth School of Art and then at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. After meeting teacher Sue LEWINGTON at the Penzance School of Art in the mid 1980s, he began intaglio printmaking with which he captures the moods of nature and places at all seasons of the year.

His work was selected for inclusion in the Falmouth Art Gallery review show, '20 Years of Contemporary Art' in 2000.

Sue STEVENSON

Brian STEWART

1953—2010

The late Brian Stewart was an enthusiast for art and promoting it in the community, locally, nationally and internationally. A great friend to many, and a loyal friend to Cornish art and art history, his contribution to the Falmouth Art Gallery as its Curator and Director since 2000 is unparalleled in its own history (est 1978).

Stewart was born in Dagenham, Essex, the son of a general medical practitioner and his wife. After an education diploma, he worked in the Old Masters department of Christie's, London for two years. After an art history degree at Canterbury Christ Church College, he became the art and exhibitions officer of Canterbury Museums for a nine year period.  In 2000 he came to Falmouth, and since that time the Gallery has grown exponentially in stature, winning The Guardian's Family Friendly Museum Prize in 2006. The sub-title of his Times obituary gives the flavour of the man: 'Curator of Falmouth Art Gallery who exhibited Picasso and Matisse alongside local artists and encouraged children to be creative'.

Above all, he was inclusive, open-hearted, appreciative of all creative efforts, and a direct inspiration to all he met.

G STEWART

NAG exhibitor (unspecified).

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.