Born in Liverpool, Merseyside on 9 May, 1854, Caroline Yates studied at Heatherly's School of Art (1878), the Slade School of Art and at the Academie Julian, Paris (1880).
Caroline and her sister Esther (Ess) visited Newlyn in the summer of 1879, where Tom GOTCH visited her subsequently. She had met her future husband Thomas Cooper GOTCH, whilst studying at the Slade School, and also their good friend Henry Scott TUKE. Returning from Paris in 1881, she married Thomas on 31 August at St Peter's Church, Newlyn, and then returned with him to Paris to continue her studies.
They had one daughter, Phyllis Maureen GOTCH, who was born in France in Sept 1882, and they continued to spend time abroad until Caroline's ill health brought them back to England in 1883. By 1887 they were living in Newlyn. Caroline continued to paint, but sparingly, and exhibited and sold work in the early years of NAG.
Caroline died on 14 December, 1945, age 90 (GRO) in Newlyn, surviving her husband by fourteen years. The full story of the couple's life of art and travel is told in The Golden Dream (2004) by Pamela Lomax.
Painter of landscapes and portraits
works and access
Likenesses: Portrait by William WAINWRIGHT in Hardie 2009 p40
Works include: A Cosy Couple; Newlyn Old Pier & Gwavas Lake (c1879); In the midst of life we are in death; Motherhood; The Bard Tale tuum Carmen novis Virgil; Two Italians; A Peace Offering; Morning in the Village (1881); Portrait of Miss Hegan Kennard; A Quiet Occupation (1895)
Access to work: The Trehayes Collection, Cornwall
DOW; NOT; WH; RA; FIN; GG and GOU; RBSA (1888 under Yates)
Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition 1893
NAG Opening 1895
Penlee House, Penzance Exhibition of Women Artists 2002
misc further info
Bednar Every Corner was a Picture
Cross (1994) The Shining Sands (ills)
Dowdeswell Exhibition catalogue (repr Hardie 2009)
Flanagan, B (2010) Artists along the Ouse 1880-1930 p44
Fox & Greenacre (1979) Artists of the Newlyn School
Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary;
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall p197 and col pl: Newlyn Old Pier & Gwavas Lake
Johnson & Greutzner
Lomax (2002) A Long Engagement, Cameos from the Life & Times of Thomas Cooper Gotch
Lomax (2004) The Golden Dream
NAG sales records (repr Hardie 2009)
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
Tovey (2009) St Ives/ Social History
Wallace et al (1996) Women Artists in Cornwall 1880-1940
Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 painters list, p 211)