The Flagstaff

The Flagstaff is The Lamorna Society Magazine and is published twice a year, in June and December. It features important new research, anecdotes of life in Lamorna in past years, reviews of books and exhibitions of interest, an assessment of what interesting paintings and other material has come onto the market recently, as well as accounts of the visits organised by the Society during the year and its annual gathering in West Penwith each Autumn. The Honorary Editor is David Tovey.

 

 

 

 

On 24 March 2017, the Newlyn Archive celebrated the launch of its project Delivering the Admiralty Boathouse for Heritage at its future home, The Admiralty Boathouse, 23 The Strand, Newlyn TR18 5HL. The project aims to make the old Coastguard's Boathouse and more recent Newlyn Post Office the centre of Heritage in Newlyn by locating the Newlyn Archive/The West Cornwall Art Archive/The Lamorna Archive there. As part of the June weekend, members of the Society will be able to attend a reception at the new home of our Archive. The whole project is a tremendous achievement, with Pam Lomax and Ron Hogg very much to the fore.

Susanne Forrest has produced a fascinating article on Hannah  Gluckstein (Gluck). It appears that others are beginning to look again at the life and career of this unusual character

 

Contents:

Editorial

Membership News

Further obituary of Adam Kerr

Gluck - No prefix, No suffix, No quotes

The Widowhood of Bell Leader

Lamorna Homes 5 - Trewoofe Orchard

Market News

Lamorna Society Visits - Falmouth

Lamorna and The War - Crosbie Garstin's War Part 3, Front Line Action during 1917

Books to read

Forthcoming Events

 

 

It was with considerable shock to hear news of the death of our Patron, Adam Kerr, the grandson of SJ Lamorna Birch. Childhood companions, David Evans and Angela Wheeler, record their memories of Adam's youth, whilst our President Austin Wormleighton, remembers the considerable support that he received from him during the completion of his biography of Adam's grandfather.

There is a contribution from Marcia Whiting, on behalf of Munnings Art Museum, following the bequest to that Gallery by Igor Chroustchoff of a sletch by Alfred Munnings of Igor's mother, Phyllis Vipond-Crocker. Members may recall that Issue 24 (Winter 2009) contained an article by Igor on his mother's youth, which was illustrated by two paintings and a sketch of her by Laura Knight. These included the painting The Cornish Coast, owned by the National Museum of Wales. John Adams, Phyllis' nephew, has also supplied further images of paintings for which Phyllis modelled and copies of letters to her from Knight and Munnings.

The Lamorna homes selected for this issue is Vallensagia, the home of Cecily Sidgwick. This is the cottage that she called None-Go-By and described at length in her novel of that name, but what has not been appreciated previously is that its garden features in a number of charming illustrations by Winifred CAyley Robinson in Cecily's The Children's Book of Gardening, which she wrote jointly with Colonel Paynter's wife. In the Lamorna and The War series, the piece on Richard Weatherby is naturally very reliant on the research originally done by Davis Bradfield.

 

Contents:

Editorial

Membership News

Chairman's Report

Memories of Adam Kerr (1933-2016)

Phyllis Vipond Crocker

The Streams of St Bride by Ithell Colquhoun: An Occult Neighbourhood Watch

Lamorna Homes 4: Vallensagia

Market News

Lamorna Society Visits- June Literary Weekend in West Penwith, AGM Weekend

Lamorna and The War - Richard Weatherby's War, Andrew Gordan's Talk on the centenary of Alec Forbes death

Books to read

Forthcoming Events

 

 

The exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum earlier this year, Ithell Colquhoun: Image and Imagination, was the first at a public gallery since her death in Lamorna in 1988. For most people it was their first introduction to her work, which combined naturalistic painting with experiments in surrealism and abstraction and often involved some unusual techniques such as decalcomania, frottage and fumage. However, member Frank Ruhrmund, knew her quite well and has produced a fascinating review of the show. The exhibition revealed what an extraordinarily interesting woman she was, and Angela Wheeler, founder member and past Chairman  mentions Ithell's book  The Living Stones as  her favourite book of Lamorna.

The next Penlee exhibition, Fred Hall From Newlyn School to Caricature, was also an eye opener. Fred Hall has not received much coverage before, and the works by him that have generally been included previously in Newlyn School exhibitions have not really alerted one to his diverse talents not just as a social realist painter, but also as a landscape impressionist and a consummate animal and bird painter. Maryella Pigott has provided a fascinating piece on her home Trewoofe House, for this issue's Lamorna home slot. The Lamorna at War section includes pieces on Bengy Leader and Crosbie Garstin.

 

Contents:

Editorial

Membership News

Ithell Coquhoun: Image and Imagination

The multi-talented Frank Hall

Lamorna Homes 3- Trewoofe House

Market News

Job Nixon in Lamorna

Graham Dingle

Lamorna Society Visit to Liverpool/Birkenhead

Lamorna and The War - Bengy Leader, Crosbie Garstin

Books to read

Forthcoming events

 

 

Welcome to another larger than normal issue. The award of 'Most Inspirational Archive and Heritage group of 2014' is a tremendous accolade for the combined Newlyn/Lamorna Archive and full credit is due to Pam Lomax, who has masterminded its development and its Open Days. Ann Forrest, our Chairman has contributed a number of articles to this issue. In addition, David Tovey's piece inspired by Elizabeth Forbes' article, An April Holiday, in which she recorded activities of her students in Lamorna in  April 1907. The Lamorna at War series continues with an article on the author Cecily Sidgwick, whose strong German connections raised issues, whilst John Whittaker has also researched Algernon Newton's war. The Lamorna Homes series moves to Menwinnion, thanks to Hugh Bedford, whilst Brian Whitton has reviewed the recent Tunnard exhibition, and Adam Kerr has written a fascinating piece on his father's successful career as an author.

 

Contents:

Editorial

New Members

Chairman's Report

'Most Inspirational Archive and Heritage Group of 2014'

Elizabeth Forbes sketching groups in Lamorna

Lamorna quarry - When the Quarry guns sounded

John Tunnard: Nature, Politics and Science at Durham University

Lamorna Homes 2: Menwinnion

Market News

Lamorna Society Events- June Weekend in West Penwith, Lamorna Society AGM weekend

Lamorna and the War -Cecily Sidgwick's War, Algernon Newton's War

Books to read

Forthcoming events

 

 

 

This issue includes the extraordinary work that Pam Lomax has been doing on the Newlyn Archive, and the interest that she has aroused through her Open Days that has also been a great boon to the Society and its archive. The archive is now housed in her annexe. Our chairman Anne Forrest has spent several weeks interviewing locals and getting precious new information and images for our records. Her piece on Estelle Fox, and the family's involvement with Kemyel Mills is just one example.

There is the second instalment to the 'Lamorna and the War' series and the first of a series of articles on 'Lamorna Homes', which is an account by Adam Kerr on the changes to Flagstaff Cottage.


Contents:

Editorial

New Members

Kemyel Mills, Lamorna

Australian artist who hailed Lamorna as 'a vista of fairyland'

Market News

The Milk Cart by Frank Heath

Other Market News

Lamoorna Society Visits - Nottingham 8-10 May

The Lamorna society Archive

'Friends of Lamorna

Lamorna and the War

Frank Heath's War

Crosbie Garstin's War (Part Two): The Blinded Mole

Books to Read

Forthcoming Events



This is another bumper issue following contact with relatives of Benjamin Eastlake Leader, always known as Bengy, and his wife Bell Anderson. Their grand-daughter Rosemary Dick Cleveland lives happily with her husband in their former holiday home in a valley above Lake Bala in mid-Wales without mains water and electricity. Their collection of paintings by Bengy and Bell, and by Bengy's illustrious father, Benjamin Williams Leader RA had to be viewed by torchlight.


Contents:

Editorial

New Members

Chairman's report

Bengy and Bell Leader in Pre-War Lamorna

Marlow Moss (1889-1958)- Lamorna's member of the avant-garde

The Lamorna Inn- The Wink and Childhood Memories in Lamorna

Market News

The Lamorna Society AGM Weekend

Lamorna and the FirstWorld War

Crosbie Garstin's War (Part One): 'Getting There'

In Memoriam - Joey Carter Wood (1884-1915)

Books to read

Forthcoming Events

This issue has quite a Munnings slant, the items emanating from a wide variety of sources. David Tovey was contacted by Sara Alexander, the grand-daughter of Evelyn Hicks who was a model for both Munnings and Laura Knight. This led to the discovery that there were in fact two Munnings models called Evelyn!

 

Contents:

Editorial

New Members

A tale of two Lamorna models called Evelyn

T.P. & Edith Fielden: Continuing friendships with Newlyn painters

Market News

Lamorna Society Visits- The May weekend in Whitby and Staithes

Archive Open Day- The Good Friday Walk to Lamorna

Lamorna- A Memoir

Beyond Lamorna, Paul Feiler at Kerris

Books to Read, Trewoofe Manor as Crosbie Garstin's 'Bosula' or 'The Owl's House'

Forthcoming Attractions

It is always exciting when completely new information about the Lamorna Colony comes to light, and this issue contains some important and fascinating new research.

 

Contents:

Editorial

Chairman’s report

New Members

TP& Edith Fielden: 20th century connections with Newlyn painters

The creative and caring spirits of the Yglesias sisters

The mystery of the Lamorna Cross solved

Jonathan Smith on ‘Summer in February’ at Malvern Theatre

Exhibition – From Newlyn to Lamorna, featuring works of Eric Ward

Market News

Lamorna Society AGM Weekend

Sheila Hale: An Appreciation

Death of Mary Bowring: champion of the Society

Beyond Lamorna: A Note on Mrs Katie Handyside

Books to Read: Cecily Sedgewick –In Other days (1915)

Forthcoming Attractions

 

 

A bumper edition of Flagstaff, which celebrates the exhibition and film, Summer in February. Also it has been an exciting six months for lovers of Cornish art. Earlier this year, the Bulldog Trust hosted, at Two Temple Place, the exhibition - Amongst Heroes- The Artist in Working Cornwall – the first exhibition of representational Cornish art in London since 1979.

 

Contents:

Editorial

New Members

Lamorna’s Women’s Institute

Australia’s ‘Little Corot’ who called her home ‘Lamorna’

Algernon Newton (1880-1968) – Rediscovered

Memories of ‘Cliff Cottage’

Thomas Gotch and the Ruby Mystery

Market News

John Ernest Nash – Obituary

A 1930 Lamorna Gathering of possible historic interest?

Lamorna Visits – Two Temple Place & ‘Summer in February’ Weekend

Beyond Lamorna: Denis Mitchell & John Wells at Trewarveneth Studio

Books to Read: Jim Hosking – Cornish Connections

                         Christies – A Life with Art

Forthcoming Events