Born on 10 October 1857 in Bristol (GRO), one of nine children, Arthur attended a Quaker School at Weston-super-Mare, where he became friends with, amongst others, Henry Scott TUKE (aka 'Harry'). By the time he was in London with the idea of a business career, Tuke was also in London, entering the Slade to begin formal art training. They travelled abroad together with other friends, notably the Gotches, and Tanner decided also to become an artist.
A bachelor, reputedly with a private income, he was one of the first artists to settle in West Cornwall, where he lived initially at Cappy cottage, Lamorna, and abroad when funds were low. In the summer of 1887 he is described by Lomax as the protégé of Norman GARSTIN, camping out with him and Tuke, walking and sailing in his boat. A photograph from the Birch family album is included in Lomax (p86). In 1889 he spent time abroad in France, studying at Julian's Academie in Paris.
In the early 1900s, Tanner and Tuke became regular companions of Birch - indeed Tanner was best man at Birch's wedding in 1902. The 1901 census notes him living at 'Vellensagia', near Lamorna. At the time of the 1911 census he was staying at Cliff House Hotel in Lamorna. Until his death he remained one of Tuke's closest friends and an active member of the Lamorna and Newlyn communities. Tanner died on 6 April, 1916, age 58, at Bristol (GRO). At the time of his death he was described as being 'of Lamorna'.
works and access
Works include: Winter Sunshine (1895); Spring (1895); Treen (c1895); Grez (1896); Boleigh; Landscape (1897); Fishing Boats (1897); Beeches; Fishing Boats (1898): Gorse (1901); The Lamorna Stream
NAG Opening 1895, December 1895-1896 January Sketch Exhibition, 1896, 1897 (Sketches), 1898, (Sketch), Painting in Nelwyn 1900-1930 Exhibition 1984; NG 1896; Whitechapel
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p279);
Hardie (1990) In Time & Place, Lamorna
Johnson & Greutzner
Lomax The Golden Dream
Newton et al Painting at the Edge
Tovey, David (2022) Lamorna - An Artistic, Social and Literary History - Volume I - Pre-1920, Wilson Books
Wainwright & Dinn
Wormleighton (1995) A Painter Laureate;