"The term Newlyn school refers to a group of artists who settled in Newlyn and St Ives in the late nineteenth century and whose work is characterised by an impressionistic style and subject matter drawn from scenes of rural life." — "Art Term — Newlyn School," Tate Gallery website

The term Newlyn school designates approximately twenty young European-trained English painters who constituted the core of an artist colony in the fishing village of Newlyn, Cornwall.... The Newlyners gained popular approval because their subject matter fell into the traditional and still vital categories of Victorian genre painting. They also depicted the positive and nostalgic image of provincial life and the moral values their urban audience desired. Exterior scenes incorporating recognizable sites and local, nonprofessional models distinguished Newlyn work.... The Newlyn school was part of a pan-European artistic involvement with artist colonies, naturalism and its plein air component, tonalism, and nationalistic subjects. — Betsy Cogger Rezelman, pp. 542-43


Some Artists Associated with the Newlyn School

Related Material


Birch, Mrs Lionel. Stanhope A. Forbes, ARA, and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, ARWS. London: Cassell, 1906. Internet Archive. Contributed by the Kahl/Austin Foundation. Web. 23 February 2021.

Cross, Tom. The Shining Sands: Artists in Newlyn and St Ives, 1880-1930. New ed. Tiverton, Devon: Westcountry Books, The Lutterworth Press, 2008.

Lambourne, Lionel. Victorian Painting. London and New York: Phaidon, 1999.

Manson, J. B. The Tate Gallery. London: T. C. and E. C. Jack, 1934. Internet Archive. Contributed by the Robarts Library, University of Toronto. Web. 23 February 2021.

Rezelman, Betsy Cogger. "Newlyn School (1879-1895)." Victorin Britain: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Sally Mitchell. New York & London: Garland, 1988. 542-43.

Tate Gallery — Art Terms.Web. 28 February 2021.

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