The town of Hayle now easily boasts more
traditional Cornish art than any other town in the county. Just a
small distance apart, Hayle Gallery and Alan Coombe
Fine Art always have over 400 paintings on display...
The purpose of the Cornwall Artists Index is to preserve and make accessible the invaluable history of the art and artists of Cornwall. The index is an invaluable and ever-growing database of artists known to have worked in the county.
Birch was born in Egremont in Cheshire. He first
developed an interest in drawing during a stay with a river-keeper,
where he was introduced to fly fishing. Subsequent factory jobs allowed
him to paint in his spare time and save the money needed to become an
independent artist. Within no time he had established a reputation as a
promising young artist and he was successful in selling his work to
In 1889 Birch set off for the Newlyn School in Cornwall and was an
entirely self-taught artist until 1895, when he travelled to Paris to
study in the Atelier Colarossi. He settled in Lamorna, Cornwall in 1902
He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1892 and held his first one man
exhibition at the Fine Art Society in 1906. The nickname "Lamorna"
was given to him by the Newlyn School artist Stanhope Forbes, to
distinguish him from Lionel Birch, another artist working in the area at