Samuel John Birch was born in Egremont, Cheshire. Apart from a brief period of study at the Atelier Colarossi, Paris in 1895, he was largely self-taught as an artist. Birch first visited West Cornwall in the late 1880s and settled in the Lamorna Valley in 1892 and he is regarded as the father figure of the later group of Newlyn artists. Birch was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1924 and was made a full Royal Academician eight years later. In his long and distinguished career, he exhibited over 200 works at the Royal Academy, as well as exhibiting throughout the Country and abroad.
Merry Vale Rustic Quarry
Samuel John Lamorna Birch, RA RWS
44 x 29 cm
Oil on Canvas
Provenance: Title & Artists Label to Reverse