John Christian William DOUGLAS
aka Will

Douglas was born in Norfolk, and came to St Ives in about 1890, exhibiting first with the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society in 1896. In 1897 he married fellow artist Mabel BUCKNALL, and the couple worked from Skidden Hill Studios.  Though originally a marine and landscape painter, he is probably best known for his photographic work (used to illustrate three books by Folliott STOKES published between 1908 and 1912).

He was a signatory of the Glanville letter [repr Tovey (2009)] sent in November 1898 to the St Ives Council expressing artists' concerns about insensitive plans for development in the town.


Landscape and marine painter; photographer

works and access

Works include: Westerly Gale; Kynance; Wind and Tide; Study in Blue; A Fisherman's Paradise

Portraits: Mrs Barry; Mrs Sargent; Mr Spicer (miniature)

Access to work: A number of his photographs can be seen in Andrew Lanyon's A St Ives Album (Penzance, 1979)

His photographs used to illustrate three books by Folliott Stokes published between 1908 and 1912.

In the possession of the George Lloyd Music Library in Kendal, Cumbria:  A folder of mounted photographic prints of St Ives.


RCPS 1896

St Ives Show Day 1920

STISA Show Days 1928-36 and 1932, 1934 and 1936 Touring Shows



STISA 1927-38

STIAC 1898

Arts Club 1925 (President)

misc further info



St Ives Times 5 Mar 1920

Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph Aug 8 1928

1901 Census; 

Folliott Stokes Cornish Coast and Moors

Glanville letter signatory (repr Tovey 2009)

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p322)

Lanyon A St Ives Album;

Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960)

           (2003) Creating a Splash;

           (2009) St Ives: Social History;

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 list, p 210)