S. J. Lamorna BIRCH 1869–1955
Landscape painter in oils and watercolour, mainly of Cornish scenes. Born 7 June 1869 at Egremont, Cheshire. Began work as an office-boy; then did some industrial designing for Lancashire cotton-mills, painting at the same time. Self-taught save for a period at the Atelier Colarossi, Paris, 1895. Visited the Penzance district frequently from 1889, settling at St Buryan 1897 and at Lamorna 1902; took the name Lamorna to distinguish himself from another painter called Birch working at Newlyn. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1892, A.R.A. 1926, R.A. 1934; R.W.S. 1914. One-man exhibitions at the Fine Art Society from 1906; also exhibited at the Greatorex Galleries. Painted in New Zealand 1937. Died 7 January 1955 in Lamorna.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I