British, 1857-1947


Stanhope Forbes was born in Dublin and studied at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools from 1874-78; and for two years in Paris under Léon Bonnat. “Deeply influenced by Bastien-Lepage,” writes Kenneth McConkey in British Impressionism, “ he worked during the summers of the early 1880s at Cancale and Quimperlé with Henry La Thangue. In 1884 he settled at Newlyn and his first important work, A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach (Plymouth Art Gallery) was shown at the Academy in 1885. A founder of the New English Art Club, he was one of the first of his generation to gain official acceptance, being elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1892. In 1899 he and his wife [the painter Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes] opened a School of Art at Newlyn and while other contemporaries moved on, Forbes remained to see the new generation – including Laura Knight – arrive” [Kenneth McConkey, British Impressionism, Oxford, 1989, p. 156].

Museum Collections:
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Imperial War Museum, London
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Tate Modern, London
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester


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