Painting at the edge: British Coastal Art Colonies


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Edited by Laura Newton

The authors bring together the story of Britain’s far-flung coastal art colonies at Newlyn, St Ives, Lamorna, Walberswick, Staithes, Cullercoats, Cockburnspath and Kirkcudbright.  Publication comes at a time of renewed interest in the artists who worked in these late-nineteenth-century colonies. Each colony was sited in a small community dependent on fishing or farming and far enough away from urban centres to retain much of their old customs, costumes and ways of life, yet reasonably accessible by rail and road.

Many of the paintings produced at these eight colonies were concerned with rendering a ‘truthful’ depiction of a particular time and place, and can be seen as a celebration, almost, of various unique aspects of a British way of life that was even then fast disappearing.

ISBN  978-1-904537-26-7
270 x 210mm
176 pages
More than 100 colour illustrations and two dozen archive photographs
checklist of artists working in each colony