Born in Penzance, Laity became a member of the Industrial Class before WWI. John Edgar Laity was the father of John Curnow Laity (born at Helston in 1898, and destined to become the eventual historian of Newlyn Copper). John Edgar continued to make copper objects of artistic and useful design, in his spare time, throughout his life.
Bennett & Pill (2008) Newlyn Copper
Berriman (1986) Arts and Crafts in Newlyn;
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall
Laity (1986) Newlyn Copper (Exhibition catalogue)