Sigisbert Chretien BOSCH REITZ

Mr Sigisbert Chretien BOSCH REITZ
Bosch Reitz

A painter of Dutch parentage, born in Amsterdam, who travelled widely in Holland, France and Italy. He studied art at Munich, and in 1889 achieved an Hon Mention in the Salon des Artistes Francais.   

He appears to have settled in St Ives over a long period, or at least to have associated himself with the Colony from before the Dowdeswell Exhibition of 1890, as he displayed For He's a Jolly Good Fellow at £21 in that show, an establishing exhibition for painters connected to Cornwall. At the Whitechapel Exhibition of 1902 he exhibited St John's Procession, Laren, Holland, with an explanatory note to say that he had been part of the Cornish School at St Ives. In between those two defining exhibitions for Cornish art, he also exhibited at the RA, Suffolk Street and the New Gallery in London.

Tovey comments that Bosch Reitz came to St Ives with a group of student friends from Paris in the mid-1890s, but  it would appear that he had been in Cornwall earlier. This may only have been a return trip, from which time he took possession of a Porthmeor Studio on the Back Road (Tovey 2009 p 141: photo of studio).  His Harbour at St Ives, that won a medal in the Paris World Exposition in 1900, can be seen in Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. 

Sometimes listed as Bosch-Reitz, and S C Boschreitz is one of the signatures found.


Painter of figures

works and access

Works include: For He's a Jolly Good Fellow (1890); St John's Procession, Laren, Holland (1902); Harbour at St Ives (1900)


Dowdeswell Exhibition 1890

Salon des Artistes Francais 1889 (Hon Mention), 1890 (Medal, 3rd class)

STISA Show Day 1898

Exposition Universelle 1900 (Bronze medal)

Whitechapel Exhibition 1902


STIAC 1898


Badcock's Historical Sketch 1896 (on-line)


Dowdeswell Exhibition catalogue (incl in Hardie 2009)

Glanville letter signatory 1898 (incl in Tovey 2009)

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p315)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History

Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue (incl in Hardie 2009)