1926 United Kingdom

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Algernon Talmage R. A.
Oil on canvas, signed lower left
Image size: 30 x 45 inches
Art Deco style frame

Comissioned by London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1926
Algernon Talmage was born in Fifield, Oxfordshire, on 23 February 1871, the second son of John Mayow Talmage by his second wife, Susan Penkivil. Both his mother and his paternal grandmother were of Cornish stock. During his childhood, he was involved in an accident with a gun, which crippled his right hand. As a result, he would paint with his left hand, and be exempted from active service in the First World War.

Little is known of Talmage’s early education, though it has been suggested that he spent a short time at university. However, he studied under Sir Hubert von Herkomer at his school of art in Bushey, Hertfordshire. Founded in 1883, the school allowed British artists to pursue an almost Continental training. The students were put to drawing heads from life and from life-casts, and every three months were allowed to try for entry into life classes, which consisted of drawing from nude
models. The emphasis on studying from life, which Talmage received under Herkomer, provided him with the ability to become a versatile painter in the naturalistic tradition.

By 1888, Talmage and two of his fellow students, Arnesby Brown and William Titcomb, had discovered in St Ives, Cornwall, the familiar security of a small art colony such as that which they had known in Bushey. Along with such artists as Julius Olsson and Adrian Stokes, Talmage founded an Artists’ Club, which enabled these painters of the sea to meet and discuss different techniques for capturing the essence of the wild and rugged north coast of Cornwall. By 1900, Talmage and Olsson had established the Cornish School of Landscape, Figure and Sea Painting. The Cornish coastline, made beautiful by the ever-changing light and moods of the sea, enabled Talmage to establish his characteristic mellow palette and enchanting use of light.

Height 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
Width 45.00 inch (114.30 cm)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left
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