John Thomas BLIGHT

John Thomas BLIGHT FSA

Born in Redruth, this antiquarian of wide interests is recorded as living in Penwith in 1864, at 8 Alverton Terrace. Alongside many sketches and paintings, mainly in watercolour, he wrote articles for learned journals, and books on topics such as Ancient Crosses and Other Antiquities in the West of Cornwall (1857), and his well-known A Week at the Land's End (1861).

Having suffered a mental breakdown in the mid-1860s, Blight spent the rest of his life in Bodmin Mental Asylum.


Painter, botanist, natural historian and writer on antiquarian topics

works and access

Works incl:  Beating the Borough Bounds (1853) at Penlee House, Penzance; The Entrance to the Boleigh Fogou; The Pipers;


Penlee House, Penzance A Village in Focus: Mousehole, A Village in Focus: Newlyn  29 Nov 2008 - 14 Mar 2009


Bates & Spurgin (2006) The Dust of Heroes: The Life of Cornish artist, archaelogist and writer John T Blight;

Coulsons Directory (1864)

Green (1995) Artists at Home;

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall;

Holmes (1993) An Artistic Tradition;

Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership

Tovey, David (2022) Lamorna - An Artistic, Social and Literary History - Volume I - Pre-1920, Wilson Books