Thomas LUNY

Thomas LUNY

Thomas Luny was born at St Ewe in Cornwall but his family soon moved to London. He first exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1777, subsequently exhibiting at the RA from 1780-93. He ceased painting and joined the Royal Navy until 1807, when he moved to Teignmouth, probably for health reasons. There he resumed his painting career despite suffering so badly from arthritis that he could only paint with brushes strapped to his wrists.


Painter of marine subjects

works and access

Works include: St Michael's Mount (1823, RCM Collection); Admiral Rodney's Victory off Cape St Vincent 1780; Dutch Boats Racing (c1824); Les droits de l'homme (1797) (The latter three paintings are at Falmouth)

Access to works: Royal Cornwall Museum Collection, Truro; Falmouth Art Gallery (3)


Society of Artists 1777

RA 1780-93

2012: 'Soaring Spirits', Falmouth Art Gallery 23 June - 8 Sept



misc further info




Holmes (1993) Artistic Tradition;

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly  (p19-20 illus)