Bessie was the eldest daughter of a large family whose father was the Pursar and General Manager of the local tin mine at Boswedden, St Just in Cornwall. Her talents lay in painting the coastal scenes around her, and sculpting in wood and local rock. She was also an accomplished organist. In 1901 she was living with her sister Gertrude at South Huish, Devon.
One of her characteristic paintings, Summer Weather, Sennen Cove (1898) is in the collection at Penlee House.
A recent correspondent (2013) sent in this useful information:
'In the course of researching someone else completely(!) I came across a report in the Exeter & Plymouth Gazette (18 Aug 1899) of the annual exhibition of Devon and Cornish Artists at Eland's Art Gallery, High Street Exeter and it referred to Bessie Boyns as the pupil of Henry Edwin TOZER. I also noticed that in Kelly's Directory of Cornwall 1893 the entry for St Just in Penwith lists Bessie Boyns as organist to the Wesleyan Chapel and Henry Edward Tozer as artist at Cape-Cornwall House.'
A further correspondent (2020) has advised us of a Bessie Boyns painting which she found in a second-hand shop in her home town in Australia. The subject of this fine coastal view has been identified as being Cape Cornwall.
Landscape painter of coastal views; sculptor, organist
works and access
Works include: Ebbing Tide and Showery Weather (1891); and Ramillies Cove, Bolt Tail (Devon Coast)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p315)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters;
The Year's Art 1894