The artist, a member of the distinguished Pitt family which had produced two former prime ministers, arrived in St Ives with a manservant to care for him as he was crippled and confined to a wheel chair. One sister lived in Norway Square nearby, whilst two other sisters remained in the family home in Clifton, Bristol.
Pitt worked from the White Studio, a wooden chalet on the cliffs at Porthmeor Beach, which was open to the public, painting views of The Island and Clodgy Point. He opened his studio for the 1911 and 1913 Show Days at St Ives. Returning from Clifton, after an illness, in 1920, he found that his studio had been broken into, and eventually it was destroyed in a storm. He lies buried in Barnoon Cemetery.
St Ives March 1909, March 1911, March 1912 (from studio), March 1913, March 1914, March Show Day 1915, March 1920; RA March 1923; LS (2); Studio shows
Cornish Telegraph 25 Mar 1909
St Ives Times 25 Mar 1911, 22 Mar 1912, 28 Mar 1913, 27 Mar 1914, 19 Mar 1915, 19 Mar 1920, 23 Mar 1923
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn & West Cornwall p341
Johnson & Greutzner
Tovey (2009) St Ives/Social History
Whybrow (1994) St Ives;