“Hoskings Farm, Lamorna”
Samuel John Lamorna Birch R.A., R.W.S., R.W.A.
Oil on Board
Signed and further signed and inscribed “No 13 Hoskings Farm, Lamorna”
11 x 14.5 inches
Samuel John “Lamorna” Birch, RA, RWS (7 June 1869 – 7 January 1955) was an English artist in oils and watercolours. At the suggestion of fellow artist Stanhope Forbes, Birch adopted the soubriquet “Lamorna” to distinguish himself from Lionel Birch, an artist who was also working in the area at that time
Lamorna Birch was born in Egremont, Cheshire, England. He was self-taught as an artist, other than for a brief period of study at the Académie Colarossi in Paris during 1895.
Birch settled in Lamorna, Cornwall in 1892 where many of his most famous pictures date from this time and the beautiful Lamorna Cove is usually their subject matter. He was attracted to Cornwall by the Newlyn group of artists but he ended up starting a second group based around his adopted home of Lamorna.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1893. He held his first one man exhibition at the Fine Art Society in 1906. He is said to have produced more than 20,000 pictures.
Sampson Hosking was a student of Birches and ran the local mill in Lamorna. The buildings remain visible today and in fact, there is now a connecting extension adjoining both. Sampson’s wife Jenny was nursing Lamorna Birch in his final days and was with him when he passed away.