Notes for HORACE PERCIVAL HART:
born. 1865, Falmouth, Cornwall, England.;
died. 18 Jan 1896, Polbrean, Landwednack, Cornwall, England.; his brother Sydney was with him
married. ISABELLA PRESTON, 25 Aug 1890, Hornsey, Middlesex, London, England.;
Notes for ISABELLA PRESTON born. 1866, Hornsey, Middlesex, London, England..
Nothing like actual experience to indelibly fix a scene on the memory. Then, if there is the talent, to transfer the incident from brain to canvas, there is likelihood of a good picture. Speaking of an exhibition at Ipswich of paintings by Mr Hart, of the Lizard, and his two sons, one our contemporaries thereabouts refers to “the last plunge”, by Horace P.Hart, as striking. A ship is foundering in a storm; some of the crew jump overboard; others lower a boat, in the hope to reach a vessel in the distance. ‘Mr Horace Hart has had some practical experience of at sea, having been board a vessel which, for 48 hours, was on her beam-ends.’ No wonder he has such a scene in his mind’s eye. The public will be glad that he has left the wheel for the brush and the logbook for the easel and will wish him artistic and material successes in the world of art
Talent Finds Scope, Near and Far—we hear with much pleasure that Mr Percival Hart, of the Lizard, will commence work as a teacher of painting and drawing in Helston. That pleasure has two main grounds —that art should have so talented and rising representative in Helston and that the inhabitants should enjoy such an opportunity of acquiring a useful graceful accomplishment Mr Hart’s qualifications are well known: they could hardly fail to be high under the training of so skilled a father. But it is pleasant know that county estimate is confirmed at national head-quarters. The manager of the forthcoming Daily Graphic (to which Sir Edward Clarke recently made an appreciative and kindly reference) has appointed Percival Hart to their staff—a very high, well deserved, complement. But, should his services occasionally be required beyond Cornwall that would be little loss to any pupils, with father and two brothers at hand to take his place.
A Rising Artist.
Editor. Cornishman -Among the valuable collection of Messrs Reeve and Son. London. is a significant water colour painting by Mr Percival Hart, of the Lizard, entitled “Getting the lifeboat ready for the rescue”, Although Mr Hart is yet young his opportunities for and observation have been varied and many. He has made good use of them and is fast coming the front. The picture referred to is ship in distress during a storm at sea and the moving incident is the lowering a lifeboat from a steamer in close proximity Two officers on the bridge eagerly watch the progress of ship. Meantime the lifeboat being anxiously lowered by dint of the zealous yet anxious caution of the sailors, who, with the rolling of the steamer, appear barely able to do their work. One cannot fail be moved by the truthfulness as well the appeal to sympathy of this work, which Is depicted most vi idly and is full of spirit, a marvellous depth of colour, combined with a softness which is characteristic of this artist productions for Mr Percival Hart’s many years’ experience sea have helped to fit him for this particular kind of work, and we cannot regard without admiration the result of experience, memory, and pencil. It hardly possible for picture to fail elicit the admiration of the most fastidious critic —J. M. H
Cornishman Thursday 04 December 1890
Mr Percival Hart son of Mr Thomas Hart of Polbrean. The Lizard has recently left Cornwall for Newport, Monmouthshire, where he has settled down as a teacher of drawing and painting, and is, we are pleased to hear, making rapid and successful progress. Mr Hart has from its birth acted as art correspondent for the district of the Daily Graphic and his sketches of Meneage scenery, wrecks on the coast, &c, have been recognised and admired by those that have seen them, correct in detail and faithful description. As a sort of passé-partout, Mr Hart has exhibited to his new patrons at Newport a series of the productions of his brush and, judging by newspaper reports that have reached us, the paintings, the chief of which deal with maritime subjects, have met with appreciation which evidently was there due. From reports the members of Newport Sketching club need a master hand to guide their studies towards the goal of proficiency and Mr Hart seems to have made the Capitol of the Anglo-Welsh country his home.
Mr Percival Hart will place on PRIVATE EXHIBITION from Wednesday, November 2nd, for a week at the GRAND HOTEL, Manchester, a collection of water-colour drawings, illustrating the most picturesque parts of Norway. Admission on presentation of address card. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Exhibition of Views of Norway
Norway has been a good deal in evidence with the pleasure going public for some two or three rears past, and now that the beauties of the land of rocks and sea hare been discovered the British public, collection which conveys a vivid idea these natural advantages will be certain to attract. Such collection pictures is now on view the Grand Hotel, where it seen anyone interested upon the presentation their card. The artist is Mr Percival Hart, who must be congratulated upon the excellence of his work. He has in the fifty water-colour drawings which are view caught the peculiar atmospherical conditions of Norway, the brightness and strength of colour which those who not know the country seems unreal, his given those at once with force and with delicacy. This can best seen by comparison of the four Cornish scenes which are on view with the Norwegian pictures the golden misty effect of the former contrasting very forcibly with the dry, clear, and keen-cut light and air and outline these Norse fiord scenes and landscapes. The four views of the midnight sun are very striking in the tenderness and mellowness of their feeling. The glacier view, “Buer Brac,” is marked by telling Force in the painting of the snow and ice two other pictures which the breadth is shown are “Skjeygada” and ” Marack Gierange Fiord” Two pictures which do not relate to Norway are also on view, and may be inspected with pleasure, They are “Winter in the Atlantic ” and “Wreck on the Cornish Coast.” Mr Hart has in both these works shown freshness of feeling in the painting of the waves, and in the former distinct animation in the drawing and grouping the crew on board the steamer, which is rounding preparatory to sending off boat to the rescue a waterlogged vessel. The collection well worth inspecting, not only those who know the country which Mr Hart has shown in his drawings, but by every lover of art.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Thursday 3-11-1892
Pictures of Norwegian Scenery.
Mr Percival Hart, a young Cornish artist, and son of Mr Thomas Hart. F.S.A., is endeavouring to do for Norway what Mr John Varley has done so excellently well for Japan. By means of his several exhibitions. Mr Yarley has put us on very intimate terms with the most interesting and beautiful spots in the Land of the Rising Son, and in his collection of watercolour drawings, which are now on view at the Grand Hotel, in this city, Mr Hart has introduced us to some of the most magnificent, enchanting, and impressive scenery of the Land of the Midnight Sun. During the past three years Mr Hart has roamed pretty nearly over the whole of Western Norway, and his present exhibition of 50 pictures is the outcome of his sojourn in that country. The collection is an extremely interesting one, and during the week it remains on view should prove a source of attraction both to those who have themselves visited Norway and to those desiring to make the acquaintance, even though the medium of the artist s brush, of some of its wonderful sights. Mr Hart, though only a young man of some 26 years, gives evidence of considerable skill and ability as a water-colour painter. Not only are his pictures faithful transcripts of the physical features of the country, but he has caught, and portrayed with remarkable fidelity, the peculiar and beautiful atmospheric phenomena which are one of its greatest charms. This is seen, with striking effect, in his little work ” Molde,” where the setting sun suffuses the mountains, streaked and capped by the snow which never entirely disappears, with a brush as delicate and soft is that on a maiden’s cheek ; in ” Balholmen. On the Sogne Fjord,” which is flooded with sunshine, and “On the Romsdal Fjord,” in which the light is beautifully tender and mellow. “Buer Bras,” or blue glacier, is an effective piece of work, in which the crevasses and depths below are cleverly indicated, and in “Fresviko,” near to the entrance of the Aurlands Fjord, Mr Hart gives us an admirable idea of those bright, fresh, joyous colours which surprise the traveller as he ascends or rounds some grim, barren, ferocious mountain. “The Naerodal,” looking from Stalheim, convoys an adequate impression of that gloomy, awe-inspiring gorge, while ” Romsdal Horn in a Storm,” shows Mr Hart’s power in dealing with masses of clouds. The mighty Skjeggedals Fos also finds a place in the collection, and is perhaps one of the most successful of the young artist’s efforts. Other pictures which do not relate to Norway—Cornish landscapes and two very striking winter scenes in the’ Atlantic — complete the exhibition
NORWEGIAN SCENERY. An EXHIBITION of WATER COLOUR DRAWINGS,
illustrating the most picturesque scenery of Norway, by PERCIVAL HART, will be opened on Monday, the 12th inst., till Saturday, the 17 inst at the Grand Hotel from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Admission on presentation of address card