Lamorna Cove Penlee House Cornwall

Lamorna Cove Penlee House Cornwall

Penlee House Museum and Gallery Penzance Cornwall – an exhibition of the Lamorna Cove artists.

Lamorna Cove Cornwall became one of the hottest artists’ colonies in the early 20th Century.

Frank Gascoigne Heath (1873-1936) built a house in the valley, served in WWI and invalided out with what we’d now call PTSD.

The Road to the Farm 1935

Laura Knight DBE RA (1877-1970) …

Spring 1935

and her husband Harold RA (1873-1953)

 one of the hottest artists’ colonies in the early 20th Century. Lamorna Cove Penlee House Cornwall
Portrait of Robert Morson Hughes 1915

William Norman Garstin Cox ARWA (1892-1933),

Springtime 1935

Denys Law (1907-1981),

 one of the hottest artists’ colonies in the early 20th Century. Lamorna Cove Penlee House Cornwall
Lamorna Stream

Samuel John ‘Lamorna’ Birch RA RWS (1869-1955)

 one of the hottest artists’ colonies in the early 20th Century. Lamorna Cove Penlee House Cornwall
Lamorna Valley in Summer

Now many of the artist are forgotten and their place taken by the more avant-garde known artists such as Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and of course Barbara Hepworth.

Lamorna Cove was a bohemian hedonistic set up and what a place for such a life style.

Dame Laura Knight summed it up brilliantly:

‘It was worth getting wet feet for it would seem we had suddenly entered Paradise; a densely wooded valley filled with lichen-covered trees of greenish-grey, whose branches threw a bluish tracery of shadow over the rich tufts of grass already speckle with the yellow of early primrose and white anemone’.

Now that’s a description.

Naturally in those days reaching Lamorna Cove would have been quite difficult, now the road is metalled and parking quite rightly restricted. Nevertheless it’s worth the trip just to see and feel how those early 20th Century artists were able to indulge their, one could almost say, privileged lifestyles.