Maud Mary Hastings PERRYCOSTE

Maud Mary Hastings PERRYCOSTE

Maud Perrycoste (nee Hastings) was the wife of Frank Perrycoste, known as the 'Polperro Fingerprint Man' on account of his studies into eugenics and heredity. Her husband was born in Tottenham and they were married in 1898. They decided to make their home in the fishing village of Polperro, whose quaint and picturesque streets offered inspiration to the aspiring artist. Maud was known to be active there in 1901, when she used her Polperro address for sending-in to exhibitions. A number of her Polperro paintings were shown at RCPS in Falmouth around the turn of the century. In 1903 she started a family and thereafter seems to have given up painting seriously.



works and access

A Corner of the Harbour, Polperro (1901); The Fish Scales, Polperro; Saturday Evening, Polperro;


Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p.320 under Coste)

The Year's Art 1902

Tovey, David (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume One - Pre-1920, Wilson Books