The Farmer, s.d.
oil on canvas
51 x 64 cm. (20 x 25 1/4 in.)
signed l.l.: Stanhope A. Forbes.
Stanhope Forbes was an artist and a founding member of the influential Newlyn school of painters. He was often called 'the father of the Newlyn School'.
Forbes was born in Dublin, the son of Juliette de Guise Forbes, a French woman, and William Forbes, an English Railway manager, who was later transferred to London. He had an older brother named William, who, like his father, was a railway manager; He worked for London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway.
He was married in the summer of 1889 to fellow painter Elizabeth Armstrong at Newlyn's St Peters Church. Their first home was at the "Cliffs Castle" cottage, which overlooked the sea. They had a son named Alexander, nicknamed Alec. The couple had a home built for the family in Higher Faughan, Penzance. Elizabeth died in 1912.In 1915, Forbes remarried friend and previous student Maudie Palmer, who had been "assistant, helper and friend to the whole Forbes family." During World War I Alex served under the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and died on the battlefield in August, 1916.