Lt Commander George Fagan BRADSHAW DSO, SMA

Bradshaw was born in Ulster and served in Submarines as a Lt Commander during WWI and awarded a DSO.  He settled in St Ives c1921, when he studied under Charles Walter SIMPSON, and met his wife Kathleen Marion SLATTER whom he married in 1922.

The artist worked pre-war from Carrack Dhu and Ship Studio, Norway Lane, St Ives, and was appointed by the Simpsons as an assistant in the Simpson School of Painting. After WWII he returned to St Ives and remained active and dedicated to the welfare of the Artists' Society - though times had changed art so radically that he was virtually a forgotten and obliterated artist; he became financially straitened as modernist artists began their days of glory.

He died, after an operation, at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary at Truro.


Marine painter and occasional landscape artist; black and white studies

works and access

Works include: List of exhibited works appear in Tovey (2000) GFS, & the St Ives Society of Artists (Appendix 2 pp224-7); Smeaton's Pier, St Ives; A vessel under full sail leaving St Ives Harbour; The artist's wife and daughter and a child in their garden; Harbourside cottages St Ives; Greyseas; Line Ahead (1923) The Cutty Sark (1924); Heralds of the Storm; Southwards She Thundered (1929)

Access to work: Public Collections at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport; Sunderland; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (The White Barque)


RA (10); RSA; RSMA

Paris Salon

STISA March 1923, March 1928, Summer 1932 Touring

Porthmeor Gallery Summer 1929

NAG Spring and Summer 1926 


STISA 1927-1960 (responsible for formation with Herbert Truman in 1927), Secretary 1927, Vice-President 1949-52, Chairman 1955-57

misc further info




Tovey (2000) George Fagan Bradshaw - Submariner & Marine Artist, etc. (Illus, Bibl)



Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945


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

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (pp152-3 Col pl: Smeaton's Pier St Ives)

Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Collections

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History;

Whybrow (1994) St Ives

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;

Wormleighton (1998) Morning Tide - John Anthony Park & the Painters of Light;