Stanhope Forbes

Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947)

The father of the Newly school of Art who played with the Penzance Orchestral Society and Walter Barnes

Stanhope Forbes was born in Dublin on 18th November 1857. He studied painting technoques in France, returning to England in1884 to become a leading member of the Newlyn School. He died on 2nd March 1947 at Newlyn, Cornwall. (Buried 6th March 1847 Sancreed

His wife, Elizabeth Adela Forbes (nee Armstrong), was born in Canada in 1859 and died in Newlyn in 1912. She was also a well-known artist in her own right.

They married on 7th August 1889 at  St Peters Church Newlyn, Cornwall.

Their only son was William Alexander Stanhope Forbes. He was a Second Lieutenant DCLI and died in France during WW1.

Catherine K Kneebone, a housemaid for the Forbes family in Newlyn, was connected to the Barnes family.

The following paintings, by Stanhope Forbes, reflect his interest in music:-

1. The Violinist - a protrait of Walter Barnes, the father of music in Cornwall (can be seen at Penlee House and Gallery, Penzance).

2. The Village Philharmonic (can be seen at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery).

An exhibition of the works of Stanhope Forbes was presented at Penlee House - from 9th June to 1st September 2007.

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