aka Fred

Fred Bottomley was educated at Truro High School, although Southport, Lancashire appears to be his home territory. From school he followed his father into the cotton business, but during WWI left to join the Forces, spending three years in France.  After the Armistice he decided to devote his life to art, and studied at the Slade from 1923-25, having married and settled in Kent.

After eighteen months exploring England, he and his wife arrived in St Ives in 1929, living at Salubrious House, Fore Street.  Fred worked from Porthmeor and Dragon Studios, Norway Square. During WWII he seems to have moved back to Southport for a couple of years. Paintings of the harbour, lifeboat slip-way and Downalong in St Ives, were among 10 pictures exhibited at the RA between 1931 and 1944. He returned permanently to Southport in 1952.


Painter of landscape and topography

works and access

Likenesses of the Artist: photograph, Tovey Creating a Splash (p.204,Fig. 3B-)

Works include:  Bric-a-brac; The Slipway St Ives; John Wesley's boulder at Trink; Begonia (1931); The Cut Rick; Still Life

Access to work: e-production of Public Collections include Oldham


RA (10)1931-44

STISA 1932, 1934, 1936-37, 1945, Summer and Winter Shows 1947, 1949 and 1951 Festival of Britain Touring Shows


STISA 1929-55

misc further info




Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p315)

Johnson & Greuztner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960)

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 painters list, p 210); 

W H Lane Catalogue 29/03/94 No 180 (illus): Fishing boats, St Ives Harbour (signed);