Born in Dorset, Bartlett attended the RA Schools in 1883, then studied at Academie Julien, Paris in 1886. From there he spent time in Holland and Venice. Returning to England in 1889, he exhibited two paintings at the 1894 Nottingham Castle Exhibition that brought together Cornish Painters of Newlyn, St Ives and Falmouth (Hardie 2009 incl Exh Cat).
He exhibited widely and in all the major galleries throughout the British Isles.
Tovey (2009 p 64) finds his signature on a suggestion for the Club box at STIAC in 1892, which not only indicates his presence but fills in some gaps in his residential career. His only period of painting in Cornwall appears to be from 1892-93. Correspondent and researcher D C Karl reports his exhibition of a Cornish work at the RA in 1893, called A Study in a Sail Loft (whereabouts unknown), depicting two little girls playing with the mackerel nets in their father's loft. Though one or two other of his paintings, without tell-tale titles, may be Cornish in content, the short period spent in St Ives means that documented Cornish works are rather rare.
J&G and Benezit give addresses in London (1885), Beer, Devon (1903) and Edinburgh (1913). Bartlett married twice, his first wife dying in childbirth. The following year he spent travelling on the continent with Frank BRANGWYN, who painted a portrait of him painting a Dutch scene, He also spent time painting in Holland.
In December 1913, he left England with his second wife, Kate, for what was to have been an 18-month trip around the world. With the outbreak of WWI they were stranded in the Far East, and spent most of their time in Japan and China. They arrived in Honolulu in January 1917 and found the climate and the people much to their liking. After extending their stay in Hawaii several times, they decided to take permanent residence there. (Karl correspondence).
Figures and Landscape painter in watercolour and oils; portraits
works and access
Works include: Benares; Khyber; Lombardy Poplars; Sunshine and Shadows; Lelant, Cornwall ('Coastal View') print in file WCAA from private collection;
Access to works: Bristol; Brussels, Honolulu Academy of Arts (largest collection of his works in the world),
B (7); FIN (4); G (2); GI (8); L (23); M (15)
Notts Castle (2) 1894
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2001 Exhibition with catalogue
misc further info
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall;
Karl, D C (personal knowledge, Dec 2011)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Notts Exhibition catalogue (Hardie 2009 pp52-4)
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History;
Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 list, p 210)