Marjorie MOSTYN

aka Nancy later Mrs Fuller

One of the three daughters of artist Tom MOSTYN, Nancy was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, possibly at the time her father was studying under Hubert Herkomer. She studied at St John's Wood School of Art and Royal Academy Schools from 1912 to 1915 where she won silver and bronze medals. Her teachers included John Singer SARGENT, George CLAUSEN and Sir William ORPEN. In 1915 she won the British Institute Scholarship in painting. This award was won two years previously by Leonard John FULLER, whom she later married.

After her marriage and the birth of her son she found less time for painting, restricting herself to some commercial work. In 1938 she and her husband moved to St Ives and she helped him run the ST IVES SCHOOL of PAINTING. Her sister, Dorothy MOSTYN was also an artist, and exhibited at the RA in 1920 with the painting, Spring, as reported in the St Ives Times (14 May 1920).  At the end of the War she also served a while as STISA's Gallery Curator. By 1948 she was showing predominantly child portraits and still lifes. On her husband's death in 1973 she took over the running of the School of Painting, helped in her last years by Roy RAY, playing an important role in ensuring the survival of the School. She died in St Ives.


Painter of portraits, interiors, landscapes; commercial artist


works and access

Likenesses of the Artist: 'Knitting', a portrait of the artist by Fuller 'Woman with Long Hair' (1938), also by Fuller (repr Tovey 2003); 

Works include: Vase of flowers~oil on board~ 12.5x13.5cm;  Head and shoulders portrait of a young woman ~oil on canvas ~ (s) ~ 25x36cm; Misome Resting (Misome PEILE); Portrait of Shearer ARMSTRONG (1948); Portrait of Bryan (Bryan Pearce) 1950 (repr Axten 2004); Sunday Evening St Ives (1950 at Cornwall Council)


RA (4)

STISA 1945, 1947(South Africa Tour), 1947 & 1949 Touring; 

Downing's Bookshop, one-man show 1948

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Artists from Cornwall 1992

Penlee House, Women Painters in Cornwall Exh 2002


STISA: 1938-1949 and 1952-1979

Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall: Founder member


ASWA (1951), SWA (1953 -1963)

misc further info



J Axten (2004) Bryan Pearce & his artist friends

Buckman (2006) Artists/Britain since 1945

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p337

Johnson & Greutzner

Newton et al Painting at the Edge

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & IOS, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership;

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall Exh cat

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

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;

Wormleighton Morning Tide

Tate, St Ives 1939-64, Twenty Five Years of Painting