Tony Sutcliffe moved to Carbis Bay in Cornwall in 2001. His non-figurative paintings express the 'enigmatic pagan landscape' of Penwith.
The wife of Lester SUTCLIFFE, Elizabeth was also the sister of the artist Edward TREVOR. Bednar comments: 'Although three sources state that Lester Sutcliffe was living in Newlyn in 1887, I could find no evidence of a visit to Newlyn by Elizabeth Trevor. They married in 1891, in Wales.' It is nonetheless clear that her brother Edward had been to Newlyn earlier (unless this was another artist of the same name.)
A letter written by Stanhope FORBES and postmarked 20th October 1887 noted 'We were all of us round at Sutcliffe's last night.' Also, Iris Green notes that the couple lived for a brief period after their marriage in a cottage called 'The Bridge' in the centre of Newlyn village.
In June 1942 he arrived in West Penwith, sketching miners and underground workings of Geevor for the War Artists Advisory Committee. Between then and December, he regularly divided his time between Cornwall and his home in Trottiscliffe, Kent.
Born on 26 April, 1855, in Oldham, Greater Manchester (GRO), he studied in Antwerp and afterwards in Brittany (1882) where he met Stanhope FORBES.
He is listed in the 1891 Census as a Newlyn resident at Trewarveneth Farm, though family information states that he came to Newlyn first in 1883 (while retaining an exhibiting address in Southport, Lancashire). Wood notes him as 'A minor member of the Newlyn School'.
He remained in Newlyn until 1900 when he moved to Porlock, Somerset (exhibiting address given to the RA), to join his friend, the artist, Fred HALL. He never married, and his death is recorded by the family as being in Williton, Somerset, near Porlock. He died on 11 April, 1924, age 67, GRO. His work was included in both the Painting in Newlyn 1880-1930 Travelling Exhibition (1985) and the Cornwall County Council centenary exhibition, A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989 for which there are catalogues in the WCAA.
[Photo likeness in Hardie 2009, p41]
Author of books on Nicholas Poussin and Maurice Maeterlinck (friend of her husband, Alfred Sutro, the playwright). Her 'Pastels of France' were exhibited in January 1927 at the Leicester Galleries.
Erica Suttill studied at Hornsey School of Art during the 1940s and became an art teacher and portrait painter. After extensive travels during which time she painted portraits on commission, she settled in Cornwall in 1968, where she spent the next three years, continuing to paint and draw.