George Walter JEVONS

George Walter JEVONS
Walter Jevons
Exh 1891-6

Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, and Jevons was in 1891 a boarder at Treveal, Zennor. He had come from Liverpool in 1890, being a close friend of Sigisbert Chretien BOSCH REITZ.

At the Opening Exhibition of NAG in 1895, the reviewer of his painting remarked on his powerful work Old Cornish Firs - tall firs with a background of shaggy, moorland.  Wood locates him between 1894 and 1896 in Cornwall, when he exhibited two paintings, Evening and A Cornish Lane at the RA. However in both of these years, Johnson & Greutzner report addresses for him also in Liverpool; he may have maintained studios in both places.

Whybrow finds him working with the St Ives Colony, with an address at 7 The Terrace, in her earliest 1883-1900 list of artists in and around St Ives, and he was also a signatory for the Glanville letter, sent in November 1898 in response to artists' concerns about proposed over-development for the town.  However, he appears to have purchased his home, Roswick Cottage at St Martin on The Lizard peninsula, and removed himself to it in 1894, keeping-up with his St Ives and Newlyn friends from there. 

It is clear from looking at the two bookplates that Edmund George FULLER designed for him (reprinted in Tovey 2009) that his primary occupations, aside from painting, were his animals and his garden, not to mention his reading.  In any event he was still in Cornwall and living at St Martin on The Lizard peninsula in 1907.



works and access

Work includes: Old Cornish Firs (c1895); A Cornish Lane; Evening


Notts Castle 1894

NAG Opening 1895

NEAC 1896

Walker Gallery, Liverpool (2)


STIAC 1898


Census 1891

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

             (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Lomax The Golden Dream

Newlyn Letterbook (1) 1907

Notts Exhibition catalogue (repr Hardie 2009)

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History (illus)

The Year's Art;

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 list)

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters