La Thangue studied at the South Kensington and Lambeth schools before entering the RA from 1875, where he won the RA Schools Gold Medal 1879, and studied with J L Gerome in Paris for three years. Whilst in Paris he came under influence of the Barbizon and plein-air painters such as Bastien-Lepage and Dagnan-Bouveret.
On his return to London he exhibited widely, though not in Cornwall until the Newlyn Art Gallery opened in 1895. He lived at Bosham, Surrey and was a close friend of Stanhope FORBES, whom he met first as a fellow pupil at Dulwich College. He was greatly in sympathy with the aims and ideals of the Newlyn School, although his subjects tended to be farm workers and country life rather than fisherfolk. To show solidarity with Forbes, he sent his painting Clearing the Orchard to Newlyn in spring 1896; the WCAA holds a letter which asks politely for this to be packed and returned to him at Bosham, Chichester.
He is included here more as an influential force, and a name often mentioned in the history of the Newlyn colony, than because of time spent in West Cornwall.
Painter of landscape and scenes of rustic life
works and access
Works include: Clearing the Orchard (1896); The Last Furrow; Gathering Plums; A French Boat Building Yard (1882, now at Greenwich); The Sawing Horse (Messums 2010)
Access to works: Aberdeen; Atkinson Art Gallery; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery; Guildhall, London; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Laing, Newcastle; Notts Castle; Oldham Art Gallery; Rochdale Art Gallery
New Gallery, Regent Street
RA The Edwardians and After (Group): 1988
Personal bibliography: McConkey (1978) A Painter’s Harvest: H H La Thangue 1859-1929 (Oldham Libraries, AG and Museums)
Thomson ‘Henry Herbert La Thangue and his Work’ The Studio 9 Dec 1896 (pp 63-77);
Art Journal 1893 (pp 169-75)
The Studio Vol IX 1897 (p 167ff)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Messums Exh Cat (Autumn 2010): High Tide (illus)
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge;
Stevens (1988) The Edwardians and After (RA Exhibition catalogue);
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (Vol I bibl, Vol II b&w plate)