BIRCH, Samuel John Lamorna

1869 - 1955

Lamorna Birch

As Samuel John Birch, he was born at Egremont, Birkenhead, Cheshire on 7 June 1869. Samuel began work as an office-boy then worked on some industrial designing for Lancashire cotton-mills, painting and selling his work at the same time. Self-taught save for a period at the Atelier Colarossi, Paris in 1895 after which he made art his full-time profession. He visited the Penzance district frequently from 1889, settling at St Buryan in 1897 and, on his marriage at Lamorna in 1902, he took the additional name of Lamorna, to distinguish himself from another painter called Lionel Birch working at Newlyn. He married at Redruth, Cornwall in 1902, Emily Houghton Vivian and in 1911, a 41 year old landscape painter artist, living at Flagstaff Cottage, Lamorna, Penzance with his 42 year old wife and two children Elizabeth Lamorna 6 and Joan Houghton 1, both born at Lamorna. A landscape painter in oils and watercolour, mainly of Cornish scenes and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1892, being elected an Associate on 22 April 1926 and a full member on 23 January 1934 and was a senior from 1 January 1945, also a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours from 1914. He had one-man exhibitions at the Fine Art Society from 1906 also exhibited at the Greatorex Galleries and at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Penzance in 1923 an oil 'The Silent River'. He painted in New Zealand in 1937 and in 1939 an artist still living at Flagstaff Cottage, West Penrith, Cornwall with his wife Emily Houghton (born 22 August 1868-1952) and married daughter Elizabeth Lamorna Kerr née Birch (born 27 August 1904-1990). Samuel died in Lamorna, Cornwall on 7 January 1955.

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