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Oil On Panel By Frank Gascoigne Heath (newlyn, C.1907)


£3,500 | $4,878 USD | €4,079 EUR
Item Number: SA825307
Date of manufacture: Edwardian
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Radnorshire Fine Arts Ltd
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This work is a study for the painting titled “Whiffing” by the Newlyn artist Frank Gascoigne Heath. The finished painting was sold at Christie’s in London on the 3rd of November 1999 and is slightly smaller (14 in x 11 in). Subsequently, the painting was exhibited at the Two Temple Place Gallery, London, entitled ‘Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall.’ 2013. The picture can also be viewed online @ Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance – Frank Gascoigne Heath Exhibition. A photo of the finished work has been applied to the back of the frame so as to compare it with our sketch. The most obvious difference with our sketch can be seen where a Jetty has been included in the background of the finished painting.
Oil on panel. Contained in a good quality frame. We are grateful to Catherine Wallace for her help in identifying the work and the artist. Catherine is a freelance art historian, curator, writer, and lecturer who specializes in British 19th and 20th-century art with a focus on artists based in Cornwall. A letter of authenticity will accompany the sale of the painting.
A good biography with many examples of Heath’s work can be found online: Frank Heath and The Newlyn School.
Panel: 15 in x 11 in. (38 cm x 28 cm.)
Frame: 20 5/8 in x 16 5/8 in. (52.5 cm x 42 cm.)
Frank Heath was born in Coulsdon, Surrey, the youngest of 12 children. In the 1890s, he enrolled as a student at the South Kensington Schools ( now Royal College of Art), the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the Herkomer Art School in Bushey.
While a student, Heath became an admirer of the work of Stanhope Forbes and it was this that was to lead him to Newlyn circa 1900. Upon arrival and with the help of Forbes, he found lodgings and a studio nearby at Trewarveneth Farm on the outskirts of Newlyn. ( At that time Forbes and other artists lived and had studios at Trewarveneth.) Over the following years, Heath and Forbes became great friends making music together- Forbes on his cello and Heath on his violin. Also, Forbes's second wife, Maudie (whom he married after Elizabeth's sad death from cancer in 1912) became godmother to Heath's only son, Tony.
Undoubtedly, Heath's major influence in his early work was Forbes leading him to paint “en plein air” with a subdued palette. This is reflected in paintings such as “Cut Throat Euchre”, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1909 and now is part of the permanent collection at Penlee House. From 1902, he started to exhibit at the Newlyn Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Frank first met his future wife Jessica who was studying at the School of Painting run by Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes in Newlyn circa 1908. They were married in Paul Church in 1910 then moved to Polperro at the other end of Cornwall. During the 2 years that they lived in the village, their first two children were born, Aileen and Nancy. In 1912, with Jessica's parents still living in Newlyn, they decided to return to the area and purchased 10 acres of land at the top of the Lamorna valley (approx. 3 miles from Newlyn) where they had a house built which they called Menwinnion and this became their family home for the next 24 years. The twins Tony and Gabriel were born in 1915. But why did they choose Lamorna? Around this time a number of artists had settled in the wooded valley leading to the Cove — with its clear turquoise seas and lush vegetation. These included Lamorna Birch, Laura Knight (who had a studio at the bottom of Heath's garden) and her husband Harold and Alfred Munnings.
With the coming of the Great War, Frank volunteered, aged 42, for active service. He was badly affected by the war and was invalided out leading to periods of depression and on return to Menwinnion, in the period 1916-1920, he painted very little. However, the 1920s proved to be a happier time for him — w
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Edwardian.


Height = 52.5 cm (20.7")
Width = 42 cm (16.5")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")

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