Originally from London, he spent some of his early life in India. He moved to West Cornwall in 1948, describing his discovery of St Just as a magical experience and the turning point of his life. Although he left Cornwall in 1951, he returned each year for thirty years, his paintings wholly concerned with the area. He then taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts until 1984. A recent correspondent (2012) also contributed the following memory: 'David also taught at Winchester School of Art where he once set out in a series of small drawings in my sketch book the nature of cubism.'

In 1979 he held a solo exhibition at the Newlyn Art Gallery, and participated in the Happy Returns Exhibition there in the winter of 1984. His paintings were selected for the Looking West Exhibition of 1987 held at the Royal College of Art, with the National Trust, to underline the NT campaign to save as much of the Penwith coastline as possible from developers. The exhibition was opened by the broadcaster and journalist Gerald Priestland, and the paintings exhibited by Haughton were Tregeseal (1958), Cape Cornwall Road (1973-78), and St Just from Carn Bosavern (1979).

His work was also selected for the exhibition in Truro to celebrate the Centenary of Cornwall County Council, A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989, that was organised by Newlyn Orion Gallery on behalf of the county, and sponsored by Barclays Bank.



Painter, sculptor, teacher

works and access

Works include: Tregeseal (1958); Cape Cornwall Road (1973-78); St Just from Carn Bosavern (1979)


CRYPT GROUP August 1948

STISA  Winter 1949

NAG Solo show 1979, Happy Returns Exhibition Winter 1984

Royal College of Art (with the National Trust) (3) Looking West Exhibition 1987

1989: Truro (organised by Newlyn Orion Gallery) A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989

2018: David Haughton in St Just, Penlee House Gallery, Penzance (13 Jan-17 Mar)


STISA 1948-49; 

Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall 1949-52

misc further info

Correspondent (2012)


Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery

Levine (1961) David Haughton's St Just, The Painter & Sculptor;

NAG Exhibition catalogue (1979) David Haughton;

Tate (1985) St Ives 1939-64: 25 Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery (biog notes p122 and photo c1957)

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;