Artist biography

Stanhope A. FORBES 1857–1947

Painter of realistic genre, frequently in the open air, historical subjects and landscapes. Born 18 November 1857 in Dublin, son of a railway manager and a French mother. Studied at Lambeth School of Art, the R.A. Schools 1874–8 and for two years in Paris under Bonnat. Influenced by Bastien-Lepage and painted in Brittany with La Thangue 1880. Settled in Cornwall 1884 and became a leading member of the ‘Newlyn School’. Foundation member of the N.E.A.C. 1886. Began exhibiting at the R.A. 1878, A.R.A. 1892, R.A. 1910. Married Elizabeth Armstrong, painter, 1889, and founded with her the Newlyn School of Art 1899. Painted two historical scenes for the Royal Exchange 1897 and 1921. Visited Brittany 1891, Holland 1894, the Pyreneees 1898. Died at Newlyn 2 March 1947.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I