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Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947), Genre painter

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 4 portraits
Plein-air genre painter and a leading figure of the Newlyn School. Forbes studied at the Royal Academy and in Paris and travelled to Brittany to learn the progressive French practice of plein-air painting. After further visits to Brittany, Forbes settled in the Cornish village of Newlyn where he joined a group of like-minded artists. His ambitious canvas, A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach, brought the group to the attention of critics and audiences when exhibited to acclaim at the Royal Academy in 1885. He married the painter Elizabeth Armstrong in 1889 and the two founded a painting school in Newlyn in 1899. Forbes became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1892 and a Royal Academician in 1910.

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Stanhope Alexander Forbes

by Elizabeth Adela Forbes (née Armstrong)
oil on panel, 1901 or before
NPG 6587


Stanhope Alexander Forbes

by Unknown photographer
matte bromide print on card mount, 1900s-1910s
NPG x13993


Stanhope Alexander Forbes

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
vintage print, 1934
NPG x68228


Stanhope Alexander Forbes; Maude Clayton ('Maudie') Forbes (née Palmer)

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
vintage print, 1934
NPG x68229