George Brooks Percy Spooner LILLINGSTON

George Brooks Percy Spooner LILLINGSTON

Born in Birmingham on 22 April 1850, Lillingston came to Newlyn in about 1890, and was exhibiting from a Newlyn address from 1891. He had already exhibited at the RA in 1878, but more regularly at the RBA (SS) and elsewhere.

He remained in the Penzance area for about twenty years, departing in the early 1910s. He lived variously in London and Leamington, and was living in Plymouth by 1922. At the Opening exhibition of NAG in 1895, he exhibited The Seaweed Gatherers (which was sold), and the following year his two exhibits The Trawler and The Mount, which also sold.

At the RA he exhibited Mackerel Fishing and Early Birds That Get the Worms (1878), and Newlyn Boats (1899). In 1901 at NAG he showed Showery Weather, Scottish Moors and Newlyn - St Ives Boats, Skye (all sold), and in April 1906 A Small Catch with The (Pilots) Return later the same year.  In 1907 he sold Laid Up Fishing Boats and Newlyn Slip, others in 1908, and A Busy Day Newlyn, Pilchard Boats and Fishing Boats in 1910.

Always well represented in the NAG Sales records, his final sale before WWI closed the exhibition schedule was Gorse, sold to a purchaser from Hyde Park, London in December 1913. He died on his birthday in Plymouth, Devon, 82 years later, in 1932 (GRO).

October 2012:  Recent information has come to light suggesting he was painting in Newlyn earlier than 1891.  A work in Hayle Gallery entitled 'Old Newlyn' is signed and dated 1883.


Painter of landscapes, marine and figurative subjects

works and access

Works include: Mackerel Fishing and Early Birds That Get The Worms (both 1878); Newlyn Boats (1899); The Seaweed Gatherers (1895); The Trawler and The Mount (both 1896); Newlyn Boats (1899); Showery Weather (1901); Scottish Moors (1901); Newlyn - St Ives Boats (1901); Skye (1901); A Small Catch (1906); The (Pilots) Return (1906); Laid Up Fishing Boats (1907); Newlyn Slip (1908); A Busy Day Newlyn (1910); Pilchard Boats and Fishing Boats (both 1910); Gorse (1913)





RA 1878, 1899, 1901, 1906; 

Cornnwall Fisheries Exhibition, Truro 1893

NAG Opening 1895, 1896, 1906-1913


NSA (Committee)

misc further info

Correspondent, with painting in BC, Canada (2011)


St Ives Times 27 Mar 1914


Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904;

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

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall;

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

NAG Sales Records (repr in Hardie 2009); 

Newlyn letterbook (2)

Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue (See Hardie 2009)

Wood Victorian Painters