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Arts Society Talk – Cornwall Calling

The Artists of Lamorna Cove 1899-1914

Wed 12 Apr 2023



£10 (See below for details)



Arts Society Talk – Cornwall Calling

The Artists of Lamorna Cove 1899-1914

Before the outbreak of the First World War, a number of young artists settled in the picturesque Cornish village of Lamorna. This group included Laura and Harold Knight, Alfred Munnings, Frank and Jessica Gascoigne Heath and Samuel ‘Lamorna’ Birch. Some came to study at the Forbes School of Art while others were attracted by the existing artists’ colony in Newlyn. This lecture will paint a picture of the lives of these artists: their work, their play, their loves and their losses. On the surface, it is a picture of sunny days spent painting in the coastal light of Cornwall followed by evenings of socialising and gaiety at the Lamorna Inn. But, darkness and tragedy were just below the surface and struck even before the First World War changed their lives forever. 


Sarah Burles 

Sarah Burles studied History of Art at Cambridge University followed by a master’s degree at University College London. She went on to have a career in museum and gallery education, establishing new services in three different museums before working at the Fitzwilliam Museum for many years.   

Sarah is the founder of Cambridge Art Tours, which runs tours and courses in and around East Anglia. She is also a Tour Director for a travel company and has led tours to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and America. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah moved her work online, offering art history courses to audiences all over the world.  

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This is an external hire – please contact The Arts Society Exeter through the details above for all booking queries

Image of Lamorna Cove – photo by Fossick OU courtesy Creative Commons 

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