Algernon Talmage, 1871–1939

He was born at Fifield, Oxfordshire in 1871, and in 1892 he joined the Herkomer school in Bushey along with Lucy Kemp-Welch, and, like her, became a keen painter of landscapes and horses. Around 1894 he moved to St. Ives, Cornwall and became part of St. Ives School. He was an Impressionist, primarily as a painter of landscapes and animals. He moved to London in 1907 and held his first solo exhibition at the Goupil Gallery in London in 1909. During the 1914-1918 war he was an official war artist for Canada in France.

He is widely known as tutor to Emily Carr during her studies at St Ives: he advised her that ‘there is sunshine in the shadows’: Talmage’s palette often shows the stunning brightness of light found in Cornwall. His paintings were typically made ‘on-the-spot’ and he was able to achieve an impressive intensity of colour and light. His paintings show a freshness of approach in contrast to the solidity of Herkomer’s art.

He exhibited widely and had 140 artworks shown at the Royal Academy.

Portfolio (some paintings in the Bushey Museum collection)

Portrait of a Man Studying a Painting by Algernon Talmage
Portrait of a Man Studying a Painting
Sketch of a Figure for 'The Founding of Australia' by Algernon Talmage
Sketch of a Figure for 'The Founding of Australia'
Self Portrait by Algernon Talmage
Self Portrait
 Boy on Pony (unfinished) by Algernon Talmage
Boy on Pony (unfinished)
Grey Horse by Algernon Talmage
Grey Horse
Senorita Juanita Diaz and 'Jasmine' by Algernon Talmage
Senorita Juanita Diaz and 'Jasmine'
Hampshire Countryside b y Algernon Talmage
Hampshire Countryside
Ploughing by Algernon Talmage
Sheep on Cliffs by Algernon Talmage
Sheep on Cliffs

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April 2021