Known primarily as a very successful photographer of children and portraiture, but also a painter in later years. Born in Reading, his father Walton Adams was a pioneering photographer in the 1860s (his clientele including Royalty). Adams studied at Reading Art College and in Paris before becoming apprenticed to his father in 1892. Marcus also photographed Royalty, including the then Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.
His paintings were on wide variety of subjects, and he exhibited his paintings both in St Ives (STISA) and at the Reading Guild of Artists, amongst other venues in and around London. He was the father of the photographer, painter and teacher Gilbert ADAMS, who followed on in the distinguished line of family occupations. His home was in Oxfordshire/Berkshire.
Originating from Northampton, he became a St Ives exhibitor in 1955, when he began to exhibit nationally and internationally, and taught sculpture at the Central School of Arts and Crafts until about 1960. He visited West Cornwall in the 1950s, moving around with the circle that included Denis MITCHELL, Patrick HERON, Wilhelmina BARNS-GRAHAM, and Roger LEIGH. Davies notes that Adams 'considered a move to St Ives in 1968 but had been discouraged by the distance from London.' He had already spent a year in his student days working in St Ives, and later was to rent a St Ives cottage (1975-6) while teaching sculpture at Falmouth College of Art.
Sarah began her artistic studies at Falmouth School of Art and subsequently Cheltenham, obtaining an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 1987. She travelled widely in Europe, America, South Africa and India, where she was attached briefly to the University of Mysore. Having spent periods of time painting in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, she made her home in Padstow in 2005.
In 2006 Sarah founded The Padstow Studio, from where she exhibits her own work and that of fellow artists. A landscape painter who is particularly drawn to coastal subjects such as rock formations and sea caves, she makes small observational studies on site, which form the basis for large studio works in oil on linen.
In 2009 she was awarded the Meynell Fenton Prize in London, and 'Viewers Choice' at the RWA Autumn Exhibition in Bristol.
Birmingham-born painter of wildlife (birds), landscape and sporting scenes, especially Scottish views.
Adamson's exhibition record at Newlyn began as early as 1903, exhibiting Perran after Storm, and took up again with the first opening exhibition after WWI, in the summer of 1921 when she exhibited Moorland Sketch. In the first exhibition to include crafts at NAG (December 1924) she presented a group of Illuminations.
Serving on the NSA Committee, she also exhibited in 1926 and the spring of 1927 (unspecified hung artwork). In 1928 at the Summer Craft show, she like Mary OLDHAM exhibited bookplates and woodcuts, as well as paintings Landewednack and The Shaft on the Cliffs, before being listed as an Artist Subscriber to the Gallery from 1933-37.
In the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the NSA in the spring of 1936, Miss Adamson addressed the Management Committee with a request to provide greater wall space for craftworkers. However, this idea was discussed and unanimously rejected, despite the previous suggestion, at the same meeting, that the Crafts Committee (Ella Louise NAPER, Miss Churchill-Tayler [Assis. Curator] and Reginald Thomas DICK being that group) should endeavour to obtain new craftworkers to present new crafts for exhibition. 'This was not a concern for the painters.'
Born in Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, the son of wealthy barrister Travers V Adamson BA (1827-1897 b Dublin, Ireland, d Eastbourne, Sussex) and Janet Muirhead Stevenson (b Australia), his mother dying nine days after his birth.
The family, by this time his father, and including his step-mother Catherine Synott (1850-1929) and surviving siblings and half-siblings returned in 1888 on the RMS Victoria to England, to live in Kensington, London.
In 1894 Adamson married Ethel Farrant, youngest daughter of Mark Farrant, surgeon of Beaufort House, Exeter. A former law student who decided to turn to art, Travers Adamson lived at 1 Penare, Penzance in 1901 and was listed in the Year's Art. His artistic interests and skill are not yet known, and he died at the young age of 41 (GRO, March Qtr 1905).
Their son, Lt Travers Farrant Adamson (c1896-1916) died in the Battle of the Somme in WWI.
Teresa Adcock was born in Leicester and obtained a B Ed degree from Warwick University. She taught art for 30 years, then spent eight years in France before moving to St Ives in 2010.
Sue has been an instructor at the Penzance School of Art for some years, and exhibits regularly in mixed shows and galleries in the area.
In 2001 she had a solo show of her paintings at the Hypatia Showroom, an interim exhibition space on Market Jew Street, Penzance, which was highly successful.