Frances Blair produced watercolours and woodcuts. Before her move to Cornwall she was based in Edinburgh and was a member of the Scottish Society of Artists.
Born in Padstow, Cornwall, she became the wife of Samuel Blake. In the 1891 Census, she is identified as living at 55 High Street, Falmouth, and as a teacher of Art Needlework.
2013 NEW INFORMATION JUST ARRIVED: Can anyone confirm or give further information about this artist?
'My husband bought a Justin Blake from the artist in the 1960's. I found another which I bought 20 years ago. Justin Blake was missing and his body was found down a tin mine. An artist in Lamorna told us this and that this is why his output was reduced.'
Previous inquirers: Three welcome correspondents have contributed the following memories:
A. 'I noted the entry of the painting The Talisman fishing boat Mousehole, for this artist. My daughter did see this painting for sale a few years ago in an art gallery in Mousehole and was interested, because I have a small original, oil on board bought from the artist in Mousehole during the 1960's. It depicted the harbour showing the Lobster Pot Hotel which sadly, has now been redeveloped. I spent several holidays there. My late husband used to go out shark fishing on The Talisman with Frank and Phillip the owners of the boat. I bought the painting at the time when the artist was short of money and had a small child. I have wondered what happened to him. I believe he used the name 'Justin Blake' as there was an artist of a similar name to his real name - which I do not know - painting at the same time in St Ives.' (2011)
B. Another correspondent (2012) writes that he would also like to know more about Justin Blake and what has happened for him. He has a painting that he bought from the artist in the 1960s, which hangs again in his study after a few years in the attic until a recent move. He met the artist painting at the harbour in Mousehole, and came back the following day to collect the finished subject.
C. A third correspondent (2012) writes from Adelaide, Australia: About 15 years ago, I walked into a second-hand shop near my home, and saw a painting hanging on the wall. I had to buy it as it brought back many memories. The painting looks towards The Lobster Pot and a row of buildings behind. From memory I think Andrew's Street runs behind it. In the forefront is a circular area of sea, with a couple of small boats tied up. It is signed by Justin Blake on the the front. On the back is a label saying,`Orignal oil by JUSTIN BLAKE,SEASCAPES,FISHING VILLAGES, STORM AND WRECK. Studio at Wavecrest, Mousehole, Cornwall, England.
The above raise very interesting questions, and if anyone can help, many thanks in advance. We must all remember that this is now half a century ago, and barring any detail of birth, death, etc. and even his full name, it is doubtful that we will hear from him now? Artprice Index list one painting by Justin Blake as having been sold in 2005: Boats moored at Mousehole.
A major exponent of Pop Art, Blake became internationally recognised in the 1960s. Falmouth Art Gallery holds some of his work.
Referred to as an artist about whom information is held at the St Ives Archive Trust. Nothing else known at present.
Marjorie Blamey's art career began in earnest when she was invited by the Cornwall Garden Society to show some of her floral works at their Spring Flower Show. Since that time she has taken to botanical and floral illustration with enthusiasm and success. Her first commission was from Cornish horticulturist, Neil Treseder, to illustrate a book on magnolias.
She has built up an impressive archive of more than 10,000 paintings of flowers and plants, and her husband, Philip, has taken on the work of building up these files. Her illustrations are employed in many books about wild flowers, alpine flowers, and food. She is also author of Learn to Paint Flowers, published by Collins. She has won three gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and two from the Alpine Garden Society. (WMN, 13 Feb 2007)
In 1984 an exhibition of her paintings was held at the RIC/RCM, in Truro. In 2007 she was presented with her OBE medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow. She and her husband lived in St Germans.
Born in York, she studied at Heatherley's under Henry Massey (1920-22), and also at Goldsmiths with Harold Speed (1922-3) . She undertook further study with Bernard Adams, and had a studio in the Fulham Road, London, where she exhibited scenes of Newlyn and Polperro which indicated earlier visits to the district. By 1948 she was living at 35 Fore Street, Newlyn, later moving to Swan's Flight, Boase Street. In 1964 (by then in her 80s) she moved to Ingwenia at Carbis Bay. She principally painted in watercolour, with Newlyn Harbour and its environs being favourite subjects.
Blasbery studied art at Croydon College of Art, focusing on painting and printmaking. Her exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery in 2000 included her icon painting, A Song of Praise (oil & gold leaf). This was representative of her stated intention of 'expressing a spiritual life-force in each painting which in themselves are only a minute part of the spiritual whole surrounding us'. [20 Years of contemporary art]