Born in Calcutta of British parents, the artist spent five months in Paris where he also exhibited at the Salon (1885). His addresses were consecutively London (1880), Mansfield, Notts 1883 and 1896, with St Ives in-between in 1890 (J&G). He served on the first Committee of the St Ives Art Club which was formed in 1890. Previously, in 1889, he was Secretary of the Cricket Club in St Ives that often played against the Newlyn artists.
In the infamous storm of 1891, he rescued a child from the sea after observing the accident from his studio. His name is sometimes written as Blomfield, Bloomefield (1891 Census) and Bloomfield.
Painter of landscapes
B (5); GI; L (8); M (3); RA (5); RBA, ROI (7)
Paris Salon 1885
St Ives 1889
GRO Census 1891: William E Bloomefield
The Cornishman 1 Aug 1889
Dowdeswell Exhibition catalogue (See Hardie 2009 for reprint)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p314)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
St Ives & District Badcock's Historical Sketch (1896) On-line
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History
Whybrow (1994) St Ives;
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters;