Charles Napier Hemy
He was born to a musical family in Newcastle-on-Tyne and his two brothers, Thomas and Bernard, were also painters. He trained in the Government School of Design, Newcastle, followed by the Antwerp Academy and the studio of Baron Leys. He returned to London in the 1870s and in 1881 moved to the coastal town of Falmouth in Cornwall. He produced painted figure and landscapes, but is best known works are Pilchards (1897) and London River (1904) which are in the Tate collections.
John Singer Sargent painted a portrait (now in the Falmouth Art Gallery collection) of Hemy on a visit to Hemy's Falmouth home, 'Churchfield', in 1905. The visit highlighted the importance of the circle of artists that surrounded the great marine artist in the town.
Hemy was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1898 and an Academician in 1910, he was also honoured as an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1890 and became a full member in 1897.
He died in Falmouth on 30 September 1917.
- Grove Art article by Andrew Greg
- "The History of Cornwall in 100 Objects". Western Morning News. 27 July 2011, p. 13.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hemy, Charles Napier". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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- Tate Collection Three Hemy pictures illustrated, with notes.
- Exhibition at Falmouth Art Galley "Hemy and friends" 24 November 2012 to 2 February 2013.
- The Falmouth Art Gallery website illustrates nine of Hemy's works.
- The BBC "Your Pictures" website displays 69 of Hemy's pictures.
- Bob Speel's website has additional (unreferenced) information.
- Cornwall Artists Index was more biographical information
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