Claude Montague HART

Claude Montague HART
aka Monty

One of seven children of artist Thomas HART who also became artists in their own right, the others being Herbert Passingham HART, Horace Percival HART, Marie Louise HART, Ruby Irene HART, Sydney Ernest HART and Norman GARSTIN. He was born at The Lizard in 1869

'Monty' studied painting in Antwerp but returned to the Lizard in Cornwall which provided the subjects for many of his seascapes. Many paintings were sold locally to visitors, but by 1940s demand had dropped and he ceased painting. He was deeply involved with the Lifeboat Service, and for thirty-nine years was Secretary for the local Lizard rescue boat. Apart from his time in Antwerp c 1891 he lived in the family home, Polbrean at The Lizard all his life and died there in 1952 aged 83.

His early works were usually signed Claude M Hart, whereas later he reverted to just C M Hart.



Painter of landscapes and seascapes

works and access

Works include: The Wreck of the Glimpt (1900); Kynance from the North; Rough Sea; Yellow Carn; Polbrean Head and Lizard Cove; Pentreath Beach; Lion Rock from the South in Sunset; St Michael's Mount ; View of Falmouth; A Ground Sea; Sea Birds Home St. Michael's Mount (c1932);  Arch and Chapel Rock, Perranporth; Morning Mist on the Lizard; Moor Mist on Pentreath Beach; Sea Fog Clearing and Atlantic Breakers, The Lizard (c1929)

Access to works: The Wreck of the Glimpt (1900) in The Graphic magazine, and he illustrated a book on the Cornish Riviera produced by Amalgamated Cornish Newspapers and the Great Western Railway in the 1930s.


North British Academy (8) 1914-18

RWA (2) 1929

Falmouth Art Gallery 1990



misc further info



The Cornishman 8 Aug 1889

Falmouth Art Gallery catalogue

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p328)

Wood (1994) Hidden Talents: Neglected Artists;

Wallace (2002) Under the Open Sky