Singing from the Walls: The Life and Art of Elizabeth Forbes

ISBN: 9781900178778
Artist(s): Elizabeth Forbes
Author(s): Judith Cook, Melissa Hardie and Christina Payne
Format: paperback
Year published: 2000
Publisher: Sansom & Co
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 200
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white


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The Newlyn artist Elizabeth Forbes (1859-1912) for long suffered the fate of women artists of her generation, living in the shadow of her husband, Stanhope Forbes. This first major study of her life and work gives a more rounded view of this fine artist and moving spirit in the Newlyn artist colony around the end of the nineteenth century. In her most characteristic work, her studies of children and domestic interiors, she is clearly the match of her male colleagues painting their more grimly realistic depictions of life in the Cornish fishing community. The authors also reveal the wide range of her work and its strong imaginative and poetic element, as in the sumptuous illustrations in her book, King Arthur’s Wood. Elizabeth Forbes also emerges as an accomplished print-maker, encouraged by the flamboyant James McNeill Whistler and Walter Sickert. Her early drypoints (she was to abandon the medium when she married) drew inspiration.  Condition: Very good.


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