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Stanhope Alexander Forbes, 1857-1947

Nationality: Irish
Date of Birth: 18 November 1857
Place of Birth: Dublin
Place of Death: Newlyn


Stanhope Alexander Forbes was a painter.


Forbes studied at the Lambeth School of Art (1874-76) and at the Royal Academy Schools (1876-78). He spent two years in Paris and discovered the rustic realism of Jean Francois Millet and Jules Bastien-Lepage. He returned to work in Cornwall, painting realistic scenes of rustic and fishing life in the Cornish community. He is regarded as the founding father of the Newlyn School, .

He married the artist Elizabeth Armstrong in 1889, but did not encourage her work, which had a disastrous effect on her career.

He also owned Whistler etchings.


Bendiner, Kenneth, An Introduction to Victorian Painting, Yale University Press, 1985; Stevens, Mary Anne, ed., The Royal Academy 1900 - 1950, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1988; (accessed 2006.06.14).