Born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, the artist began his artistic career from London (Stoke Newington and Hampstead) and ultimately moved to St Ives, Cornwall in 1901 with his wife Sarah and son, Arthur Mottram (age 14). They lived at 23 Bellair Terrace.
He had been exhibiting Cornish subjects from at least 1888 (A Cornish Sea), perhaps earlier, indicating visits he had made earlier. He exhibited one painting at the Whitechapel Exhibition of 1902, Between Hayle and Lelant. In 1904 he exhibited and sold The Bathing Pool Perranporth at NAG to a purchaser from London. A Fair Wind was sold in 1908, Breezy and St Michael's Mount in 1909, Newquay and The Mackerel Season (1910). In 1912 at NAG, the artist sold East Coast Trawlers and Gold and Grey.
Painter of genre, landscapes, and sea pieces
works and access
Works include: Between Hayle and Lelant (1902); The Bathing Pool Perranporth (1904); A Fair Wind (1908); The Thames (1909); Breezy (1909); St Michael's Mount (1909); Newquay (1910); The Mackerel Season (1910); East Coast Trawlers (1912) Gold and Grey (1912); Sennen Beach, Land's End, Cornwall
Whitechapel Exhibition 1902; NAG 1904, 1908, March 1909, June 1910, 1912; RA (28); RBA-SS (68)
Cornish Telegraph 25 Mar 1909
Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall
NAG sales records (See Hardie 2009);
Newton et al Painting at the Edge
Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue
Whybrow St Ives (1901-10 artists' colony pp 213-4);
Wood Victorian Painters
Year's Art 1902