William H BORROW

William H BORROW

Born in Hastings, Borrow studied painting in London at Leigh's School and specialised in marine subjects, which he exhibited from 1863-90. J&G give exhibiting dates of 1880-1901, and broadens the exhibition base.

Tovey shows the image of a menu drawn up for the Adrian STOKES Chantrey (purchase by the Bequest fund) Supper on 31 August, 1888 in St Ives, on which Borrow's signature appears. The artist is noted for coastal scenes, mainly in Devon and Cornwall, and was a regular visitor to the county from 1863. His painting of Polperro, which was hung at the Royal Academy in 1885, is one of his finest works and one of the most atmospheric of the early depictions of the village.


Coastal and marine painter

works and access

Polperro (RA 1885)



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

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History (p20)

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

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1883-1900 painters list, p 210)

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters