Originally a wood engraver and book illustrator who took up watercolours to paint rustic subjects, he did a steel line engraving of St Michael's Mount in c1850.
Throughout the study of the history of the Newlyn school, researchers find references to the Birmingham Art Circle, the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists, and to the Edgebastonia, the newsletter-cum-journal of the Birmingham community of artists. One artist who remained a resident of Birmingham all his life, but visited Cornwall regularly and showed Newlyn pictures there, was Ernest HILL, and he was later Vice President of the RBSA.
It is useful to know that the original members of the Birmingham Art Circle were Oliver BAKER, William Arthur BREAKSPEARE, S CURRIE, William Banks FORTESCUE, John FULLWOOD, E S HARPER, Edwin HARRIS, John KEELEY, Walter LANGLEY, W S LLOYD, F MERCER, C MORGAN, W J MORGAN, Henry Martin POPE, W F RODEN, Harry S THOMPSON, William John WAINWRIGHT and Charles Henry WHITWORTH.
Those indicated associated with or visited in Newlyn, and have entries in this Index. All of these artists were known to each other, even if some did not travel to Cornwall.
See www.birtall.co.uk for further detail. Simon Birtall was Falmouth-based and remained working there for ten years after his studies were completed. Now he is both a free-lance illustrator and a painter (mainly in acrylics on canvas) and website designer, based in the Wirral in north-east England.
He graduated from Falmouth Art School in illustration and has produced designs for greetings cards, book covers, and advertising of all variety, working for clients such as Hallmark Cards, Random House publishing and BBC World Service. He continues to provide a range of stock illustrations and these can be seen on his website.
Simon's painting includes both landscape and portraiture.
Bishop was born in London and subsequently studied at the Slade, in Paris, Brussels and Pittsburg, USA. He also travelled in the Middle East. In 1888 he was one of the founder members of the St Ives Arts Club. His exhibiting career was extensive and primarily involved showing at the NEAC and the RA. The Chantrey Bequest bought his painting Shakespeare's Cliff, Dover in 1933, the year following his entrance as an Associate to the RA.
Little is known of this artist. He was born somewhere in Europe and was possibly of Jewish extraction. He came to Britain just before the Second World War, working in London as an architect until the early 1950s. An inheritance enabled him to retire early to Newlyn, where he lived during the 1950s and 1960s and developed his skills as a self-taught artist. He was apparently an acquaintance of John TUNNARD. He has been described as a talented modernist painter whose significance may have been overlooked.
John Blackburn has lived and worked in Cornwall since 1969. His subjects include landscapes, seascapes and portraiture.
Keith first came to Cornwall in the early 1980s and has visited regularly ever since. In the 1990s he lived for a time in Newlyn and also at Cadgwith.
Keith's father was a sculptor. His own art studies were begun at Wakefield College of Art and continued at Neville's Cross in Durham. This he followed up by teaching arts and crafts for several year in the North of England.
Pamela Blackburn moved to Cornwall from Hampshire in 1969. She began painting in the 2000s and lives in Helston. She describes herself as largely a traditional and representational watercolourist.