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Katherine STIFFE

1866—

Mentioned in Whybrow's 1911-20 list of artists in and around St Ives. From Census data it has been possible to identify Katherine as the younger sister of Charles E STIFFE.  Katherine was born in Wales, the daughter of landscape artist and architect John Gilbee Stiffe and his wife.

Katherine grew up in London and was schooled there. As yet her art training is unknown, but she is recognised by Johnson & Greutzner as a floral artist, exhibiting between 1904 and 1939. In 1881 she was a scholar living with her family in South Hampstead, London (154 Alexander Road) and in 1904 her sending-in address for exhibitions was in Folkestone, Kent where she had settled with her unmarried sisters, Maria and Helena.

By 1913 she had moved to Lelant in Cornwall and from 1927 to Launceston, Cornwall, where her sister Helena had died two years previously. In 1928 she had moved to Uckfield and in 1932 to Horsham, Sussex.

Sally STILES

1946—

The artist was born in Plymouth and studied textiles at Goldsmith's College, London 1964-68, later achieving a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art 1990-95.  Since 1975 she has been based in Falmouth, though working county wide and exhibiting in group shows with the Porthmeor Print Workshop.

Frederick Wilton Litchfield STOCKDALE

1780—1850

He was primarily a topographer, working as assistant to the Military Secretary to the East India Company until, due to ill health, he was compelled to resign. However, despite this, he contributed prolifically to topographical works. Stockdale also exhibited in the Royal Academy. 

He produced a watercolour of St Erth Church, probably painted during his tour of Cornwall around 1820-22, for the book Excursions in Cornwall, published in 1824 by W Simpson and R Marshall of London.

Ethel STOCKER

—1946

Her work was first exhibited in 1903 when she was living in Handsworth, Birmingham, but she seems to have moved to Cornwall shortly thereafter, as she exhibited at RCPS in 1904. When she joined STISA she was living at 6 Porthminster Terrace, St Ives, exhibiting watercolours of village subjects executed on her travels and locally, working from Loft Studios.

Margaret Olrog STODDART

1865—1934

The artist 'representing the first generation of colonial New Zealand artists who were to succeed as professional painters' was born at Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand. On her family's second trip back to her father's native Scotland, she was enrolled at the Merchant Maiden School, Edinburgh, where she took art lessons (1876-9).

Returning home, she began as a foundation student at the Canterbury School of Art (CSA) in 1882. Starting as a flower painter, as many women training in art did, she became fascinated with native plants, providing her with opportunities to travel widely in 1886 and in 1891 (Chatham Islands). From 1883, she exhibited with the CSA and other New Zealand societies, winning a prize for a study of ferns in 1885. Having met the Australian flower painter, Ellis Rowan, she visited Melbourne, Australia in 1894 to hold a solo show, which was met with glowing reviews.

In 1899 she travelled back to Europe, initially studying with Louis GRIER at St Ives, where she was greatly influenced by the Newlyn school manner of working. That same year she travelled to Europe, possibly in the first instance with Norman GARSTIN. Later, in Paris, she studied under the expatriate American artist, Charles Augustus C Lasar (1856-1936) where he held his own atelier. After settling back in St Ives, she was visited by New Zealand friends Frances HODGKINS and Dorothy RICHMOND in 1902, and further extended her interest in landscape painting. Stoddart finally returned to New Zealand in 1907 and taught at the Canterbury School of Art, remaining a leading member of the arts community until her death in North Canterbury. A collection of her watercolour studies of native NZ flowers is in the Canterbury Museum, and she is represented in most major galleries there, with a large collection in McDougall. One of her titles, Old Cornish Orchard (c1902) was purchased in 2000 by the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. A major retrospective, with accompanying book by Julie King, Flowers into Landscape (Christchurch: Robert McDougall Art Gallery), was held in 1997-8.

Mark STODDART

1964—

Mark Stoddart is a sculptor who was born in Nottingham. He moved to St Ives in 2007. Many of his works, particularly the larger ones, are conceived with the idea that they should also be experienced by touch. This means that anyone with visual impairment can enjoy them.

Mr STOKES

A pupil of the FORBES SCHOOL in 1926.

Adrian STOKES

1902—1972

Born on 27 October 1902, London, the artist read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford, 1920-3. He studied art at the Euston Road School, starting in 1936 with Victor PASMORE and mixed with Ben NICHOLSON, Barbara HEPWORTH, and Naum GABO, all of whom he later invited to Cornwall to escape the war.

His first wife was Margaret MELLIS whom he married in 1938 after meeting her painting in France. The couple moved to Carbis Bay, where they painted and ran a market garden for the war effort. After the break-up of their marriage, he married her sister Ann Mellis.

Stokes is better known as a writer on art, also a poet, and because of sharing a name with a distinguished previous artist of the St Ives Colony, is most often referred to as 'Stokes, the writer' even though both artists published books about art.

Their home at Carbis Bay, near St Ives was Little Parc Owles, 1939-46, which was sold to Peter LANYON.

Titles of paintings include Landscape, West Penwith Moor (1937) and primarily were topographical and impressionistic.

Among his published books are The Thread of Ariadne 1925, The Stones of Rimini 1934, Colour and Form 1937, Cézanne 1947, Michelangelo 1956, Greek Culture and the Ego 1961, and Painting and the Inner World 1963.

Alan Gardner Folliott STOKES

1855—1939

The 1891 Census lists him as Allen F G Stokes, born in Goring, Oxfordshire, and married to Charlotte V Stokes, living at The Terrace, St Ives with their daughter Murial (aged 7) in a house owned by the Berriman family. The 1901 Census lists him as head of household, married, but at that time living alone, aged 46, an Artist (Painter) living at 9 Bedford Road, St Ives. The artist worked from St Ives in 1894, but is no longer listed as a working artist in The Year's Art by 1902. From this time he appears to have concentrated on journalism, working for The Studio and other magazines and publishing companies.

In 1915, he covered the work of 'Alfred Hartley, Painter and Etcher' in The Studio (Vol 64). And in 1919, 'The Paintings of Louis Sargent' (Vol 77) in the same journal. His works of book-length which he both wrote and illustrated are listed below.

Charles Adrian Scott STOKES

1854—1935

Born in Southport, Merseyside, WORMLEIGHTON writes of him as one of the 'painters of light' in his admirable study, Morning Tide. His obituary noted especially his interesting family connections, one cousin marrying into the publishing Faber family, and another who became the mother of 'Charles Reade, the novelist, one of whose stories Stokes illustrated as almost his first commission.' One brother, Sir Wilfred Scott Stokes, was the inventor of the Stokes gun, and another, Leonard Stokes, an architect, designed Chelsea Town Hall, among many ecclesiastical and public buildings. The artist and writer on Cornish subjects, Folliott STOKES was his cousin.

Adrian studied at the RA Schools(1872-75) and in Paris. In Pont Aven Stokes met (1883) and a year later married in Graz (1884) the Austrian artist Marianne PREINDLSBERGER. With her he travelled in Denmark working with the art colony at Skagen, and then returned to Paris to work with Dagnan Bouveret in 1885. He made many painting trips to France pre-1900 working in the plein air manner and developing a naturalistic style.

The couple moved to Cornwall at the suggestion of Stanhope FORBES (1886), who had made friends with him in France. First they lived at Lelant, then St Ives. In 1891, they were staying as visitors with John and Alice WESTLAKE at Tregerthen Cottage, Zennor. Being one of the first generation of St Ives painters to arrive, he achieved recognition quickly when the Chantrey Bequest purchased his Uplands and Sky in 1888, a landscape painted near St Ives. The following year he exhibited a view of St Ives harbour at the RA. The couple departed St Ives in 1898 and worked first from 6 Edwards Square Studios, Kensington in London and later other addresses, while they travelled widely, painting in France, Spain, Austria and Italy and exhibiting steadily, returning to Cornwall on occasion and for summer months.

In 1903, the Chantrey Bequest purchased a second painting, entitled Autumn in the Mountains, a landscape in the Austrian Tyrol. His book about the techniques of landscape painting, including an analysis of earlier landscape artists, Landscape Painting, was published in 1925.

Stokes was an all-round personality, and interested in fishing, hunting, sports of many kinds - he distinguished himself on the St Ives cricket team - and the couple, he and Marianne had a wide circle of friends both in Cornwall and internationally. Amongst their closest friends were those of the John Singer SARGENT circle in Europe.