Born in Ramsgate, Kent on 8 July, 1868 (GRO), he and his wife Ellen came to Newlyn in 1898 and took over Cliff Castle the following year. The couple were involved in the Newlyn Industrial Classes Project where they were well liked and obviously did much for the creative life of the community. In 1898 he sold the painting Fan at NAG, and the following year exhibited three coastal paintings at Liverpool (Walker).
It is believed that the couple came to Newlyn from Birmingham (where they may have studied at the School of Art) for the sake of Reginald's health, and the Cornish air obviously suited him as he lived a long life. In addition to his work with the industrial classes he continued to paint, and was the Hon Secretary of the Passmore Edwards Art Gallery (NAG) from 1920-30, working hard to encourage support from the public.
He is also remembered for making earthenware (Pumcetto) flower pots which he exhibited in the craft section of Newlyn exhibitions. He and his wife lived near the Board School, close to the home of Thomas Cooper GOTCH with whom he worked closely in copper design and metal working. He died on 24 April, 1941, aged 72, in Newlyn (GRO).
Painter of coastal subjects; potter, enamellist and general craftsman, teacher
works and access
Works include: Fan (painting on silk 1898); Silver Bowl (photo in Hardie 2009, p172); earthenware (Pumcetto) pots (exhibited NAG 1924-27)
NAG March 1909 (Enamel work), Spring 1921, December 1924, March 1925, July 1927
Walker Gallery, Liverpool 1900-1901
Whitechapel 1902 (Exhibition catalogue repr in Hardie 2009)
Newlyn Art Gallery (Hon Secretary 1920-30)
Cornish Telegraph 25 Mar 1909
Western Morning News 20 Jul 1927
Berriman (1986) Arts and Crafts in Newlyn
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
(2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Kelly's Directory 1930