Lucy Elizabeth KEMP-WELCH

Lucy Elizabeth KEMP-WELCH RBA

Best known for her paintings of horses and riders, Kemp-Welch was born near Bournemouth, and first studied at Bournemouth School of Art before further training at the Herkomer School at Bushey (which she took over as Principal in 1907, and continued running it until 1926).  She worked as part of the St Ives colony between 1901-10, having known a number of the artists there from Herkomer's.

In 1923, her painting Low Tide at St Ives was purchased by the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Two of her paintings - Colt Hunting in the New Forest (1897) and Forward the Guns (1917) - were purchased by the Chantrey Bequest. A photograph of the artist appears in the Girls Own Annual (1901, p561), and a further article about her appeared in the Girl's Realm Annual (1905, p694).

Two of her paintings are reprinted in b&w in Sparrow's Women Painters of the World (1905).


Best known for paintings of horses and riders; pencil sketches and oils

works and access

Work includes: Low Tide at St Ives (1923); Colt Hunting in the New Forest (1897); Forward the Guns (1917); After Work; Labourers of the Night

Access to work: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Tate (on-line)

A book In the Open Country: Studies and Sketches by Lucy Kemp-Welch was published in London (Hodder & Stoughton)


RA 1895-1949

Liverpool Autumn Exhibitions



Glasgow Institute

Old Dudley Art Society Spring 1910


Two Temple Place, London: 'Amongst Heroes - the artist in working Cornwall' Jan-Apr 2013




Pastel Society

Society of Animal Painters (President); and many exhibiting societies

misc further info



Chantrey Bequest: Tate On-line

Gaze Vol II

Hardie (2009) Artists/ in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p333)

Sellars (1988) Women's Works

Sparrow (1905) Women Painters of the World  [plate of Labourers of the Night b&w, p115 and After Work p125]

Whybrow (1994) St Ives

Wortley (ed) for David Messum (1976) The Life and Work of Lucy Kemp-Welch