William Copeland BORLASE

William Copeland BORLASE
W C Borlase
fl 1863-85

Antiquarian and author, W C Copeland was born at Castle Horneck, near Penzance, Cornwall and much influenced by the archeological and historical work carried out by his ancestor, the great Cornish historian Dr William Borlase.

Together with William Collings LUKIS, this artist produced 40 tinted lithographic plates of Cornish cromlechs, stone circles, beehive huts, said to be the most accurate drawings ever produced. These were published with the title Prehistoric Stone Monuments of the British Isles: Cornwall by the Society of Antiquaries in 1885.  He is also reported to have made the initial sketches for the exploration of the Fogou at Carn Euny, upon which John Thomas BLIGHT relied for his engravings for the final report (Wikipedia).

Unfortunately his political life (Member of Parliament, JP) and economic ruin caused his family to disown him, and he died at a relatively young age (51), bankrupt and isolated, in Bloomsbury, London.

works and access

Works include: 40 tinted lithographic plates for Prehistoric Stone Monuments of the British Isles: Cornwall (Society of Antiquaries, 1885)



Member of Parliament


Cooke Mother and son, The Cornish Fogou

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p150)

en.wikipedia.com/William Copeland Borlase