Alfred Mitchell was born in Colyton, Devon in 1861. He gave an address in Plymouth, Devon for RA exhibits (4). Westerly Breeze, Scilly Rocks was sold at NAG's fifth exhibition in 1896. (See Hardie 2010). In 1894 his sending-in address was Lipson, Plymouth, changing to Mullion, Cornwall in 1897 and Yelverton, Devon in 1904.
A recent correspondent writes that at the 1901 census, Mitchell (unmarried) was staying at Orielton Hall in Barmouth, Merionethshire, Wales, and asks if any paintings from this time might survive?
In May 2016, a Bristol correspondent wrote: Alfred Mitchell was the brother of my maternal great-grandmother. He died in 1948 and I have a number of his paintings of Dartmoor/Cornwall which I have inherited from my mother and others within the Harris family, to which he was very close.
A further correspondent and descendant has been in touch (2020) to tell us of 15 paintings which he inherited from the widow of the artist's nephew. The Royal Academy has advised him that one of Alfred Mitchell's works, Two-Masted Brig is part of the National Collection and can be seen online at: http://artuk.org/discover/artworks/two-masted-brig-82164.
Painter of marine subjects and landscapes
works and access
Works include: Westerly Breeze, Scilly Rocks (1896); Lion Rock and Old Lizard Head (1894); Atlantic Swell Scilly (1897); Where Deep Mosses Grow (1904)
NAG 1896; RA (5)
Brook-Hart Marine Painting
Hardie (2010) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall;
Johnson & Greutzner
Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904
NAG sales records (repr in Hardie)
Wood Victorian Painters
Professor R Middleton correspondence