An artist mentioned as visiting St Ives and working there in the old days by the author Harewood Robinson in 1896. Scott suggests he was a mysterious figure who had studied at the Antwerp Academy from 1882-84, principally a watercolourist, who exhibited regularly at the RBA (elected 1886).
Ludby turned up during 1884 and 1885, along with contemporaries,William Teulon Blandford FLETCHER and Frederick HALL (Fred), in Antwerp, all three of whom (especially the latter two) were to have some connection with Newlyn. This is Max Ludby RI RBA from Cookham, who painted landscapes and genre, and who was also an engraver. He is also recorded as living together with his wife Helen C Ludby, also an artist from London, as living in Lelant. Their daughter Mary Jesse had been born there and was under twelve months old.
Watercolourist and engraver
RBA (Elected 1886)
1901 Census returns
Badcock's (1896) Historical Sketch: St Ives and District
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p335)
Scott [in] Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History (numerous mentions)
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters;
The Year's Art 1910