Heather Sutcliffe was to meet her future husband, Charles H THOMPSON, when she studied at the Herkomer School. The story of their courtship and marriage is to be found in his entry in this data-base, as provided by Viv Hendra, author and gallery owner (2011).
She continued to paint throughout their marriage under the name of Heather Thompson, though nothing is known as yet about her work except that she was noted for her miniatures. She exhibited at NAG (1924).
Her sending-in address in 1903 was St Buryan, and in 1906 at Limnerslease, nr Guildford, where she managed the pottery while he acted as curator. They continued their association with Newlyn into the 1920s, when both exhibited again at NAG, having done so earlier before Charles's appointment in Surrey which kept them away for ten years. The return to West Cornwall was permanent, and they leased a home, Chyvarrian, where they remained until her death.
Sutcliffe was born in Heptonstall, nr Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire on 26 March, 1848. He was first discovered (by us) when he exhibited with the Cornish artists in the Dowdeswell show of 1890. He had been resident in Newlyn prior to that exhibition, as a letter from Forbes, describes a visit to his lodgings in Newlyn on 20 Oct 1887. He also exhibited with the Newlyn artists in the Meadow Studios, though had left Newlyn well before the advent of NAG.
Sutcliffe married the artist Elizabeth TREVOR (sister of the late Edward TREVOR) in 1891 in Wales, and the two were considered distinguished artists of their region, in which they lived and worked for the remainder of their lives. Sutcliffe died in Leeds on 17 December, 1933, age 84 (GRO).
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.