London-born, he studied under his father, the artist William Bromley [in turn the grandson of the engraver William Bromley (1769-1842)]. His sending-in addresses were London (1880,1888), Rochford, Essex (1885) and St Ives, Cornwall (1897).
He moved to St Ives in 1897 and joined the Arts Club, constructing Quay House for his own use. His works show views of the town and harbour life of St Ives and neighbouring fishing ports. He was married to Selena M WING in 1899 in Penzance, she being an artist who had exhibited at Newlyn from the Opening exhibition in 1895. John M BROMLEY is one of the signatories of the Glanville letter, a document which establishes the presence of some of the artists within the art canon of St Ives (complaining about perceived over-development of the town). The couple lived in St Ives until 1901, when they moved on to Torquay, Devon; it appears from records, however, that he maintained his membership in STISA until his death in 1939.
Landscape painter in oils and watercolour
works and access
Works include: The Island from Porthmeor Beach; Summer River Landscape; For Before the Village; The watermill; Fishing Boats at Anchor, St Ives (signed) offered at WHLane sales, 2010.
A reproduction of the watercolour The Harbour, St Ives can be found at www.wrenfineart.com
Exhibited extensively 1880 - 1904
B (2); DOW (30); L (14); M (7); RA (17); RBA (87); RI (11); ROI (4)
Plymouth Art Gallery November 1917
St Ives Times 9 Nov 1917
Glanville letter signatory (Nov 1898)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p316)
Johnson & Greutzner(1975/2008) Dictionary of British Artists
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960, Illus);
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History (lg ref)
Tovey (2010) Sea Change, St Ives 1914-1930
W H Lane Auction Sales Catalogue, 2 Dec 2010
Wood (1995/2008) Victorian Painters