Frank Spencer Curtis BUDGEN
fl 1912-1924

St Ives Times (10 Oct 1913) reported: 'Mr F S Budgen is sending work to be exhibited at the Goupil gallery'. And a week later they remarked on his works at the gallery, which included The woods near Knill's Monument and coastal studies. He worked from 5 Piazza Studios, St Ives. He also exhibited A Dorsetshire Village by Moonlight (1913) in St Ives.

The artist is Frank Budgen, great friend of the Irish writer James Joyce: "I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book."  (Joyce is alleged to have said this to the artist as he was laboring on his epic novel Ulysses in Zurich.) Identification has been confirmed by a recent correspondent (2012) who also referred to his studio address as above listed in the Piazza Studios.


Landscape artist specialising in moonlight scenes; sculptor

works and access

Works include: A Dorsetshire Village by Moonlight (1913); The woods near Knill's Monument (1913) St Ives


 ROI (2)

Goupil Gallery (4) October 1913



misc further info

 'Just to confirm that the Frank Budgen you mention on your website is indeed 
the same Frank Budgen who was friends with Joyce. I've been working through a 
box of the artist's papers held at the Joyce Foundation in Zurich, and have 
found some correspondence which leaves little doubt: in Budgen's 
autobiography, Myselves When Young, he mentions 'spending a few months in 
Cornwall with Louis Sargent'. A letter later sent to Budgen's Paris residence 
by Sargent has the address of '5 Piazza Studios, St Ives', matching the 
article quoted on your website.'

With many thanks for this confirmation!



St Ives Times 10 and 17 Oct 1913

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p316)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1901-10 list)