Caroline Burland GOTCH

Caroline Burland GOTCH

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside on 9 May, 1854, Caroline Yates studied at Heatherley's School of Art (1878), the Slade School of Art and at the Academie Julian, Paris (1880).

Caroline and her sister Esther (Ess) visited Newlyn in the summer of 1879, where Tom GOTCH visited her subsequently. She had met her future husband Thomas Cooper GOTCH, whilst studying at the Slade School, and also their good friend Henry Scott TUKE. Returning from Paris in 1881, she married Thomas on 31 August at St Peter's Church, Newlyn, and then returned with him to Paris to continue her studies.

They had one daughter, Phyllis Maureen GOTCH, who was born in France in Sept 1882, and they continued to spend time abroad until Caroline's ill health brought them back to England in 1883. They spent the summer of 1884 in Polperro. By 1887 they were living in Newlyn. Caroline continued to paint, but sparingly, and exhibited and sold work in the early years of NAG.

Caroline died on 14 December, 1945, age 90 (GRO) in Newlyn, surviving her husband by fourteen years. The full story of the couple's life of art and travel is told in The Golden Dream (2004) by Pamela Lomax.


Painter of landscapes and portraits

works and access

Likenesses: Portrait by William WAINWRIGHT in Hardie 2009 p40

Works include: A Cosy CoupleNewlyn Old Pier & Gwavas Lake (c1879); In the midst of life we are in death; Motherhood; The Bard Tale tuum Carmen novis Virgil; Two Italians; A Peace Offering; Morning in the Village (1881); Portrait of Miss Hegan Kennard; A Quiet Occupation (1895)

 Access to work: The Trehayes Collection, Cornwall


DOW; NOT; WH; RA; FIN; GG and GOU; RBSA (1888 under Yates)

Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition 1893

NAG Opening 1895

Penlee House, Penzance Exhibition of Women Artists 2002


Bednar Every Corner was a Picture

Cross (1994) The Shining Sands (ills)

Dowdeswell Exhibition catalogue (repr Hardie 2009)

Flanagan, B (2010) Artists along the Ouse 1880-1930 p44

Fox & Greenacre (1979) Artists of the Newlyn School

Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary;

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall p197 and col pl: Newlyn Old Pier & Gwavas Lake

Johnson & Greutzner

Lomax (2002) A Long Engagement, Cameos from the Life & Times of Thomas Cooper Gotch

Lomax (2004) The Golden Dream

NAG sales records (repr Hardie 2009)

Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge

Tovey (2009) St Ives/ Social History

Tovey (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume One - Pre-1920, Wilson Books

Tovey (2022) Lamorna - An Artistic, Social and Literary History - Volume I - Pre-1920, Wilson Books

Wallace et al (1996) Women Artists in Cornwall 1880-1940

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 painters list, p 211)