UA-81302446-1 Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Thomas Hart F.S.A

Louisa Fisher Hallamore
14th December 2014
Thomas Hart FSA portrait

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Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Born 1830 in Crowan, Cornwall and christened 31 Jan 1830

The Family moved to Falmouth, Cornwall before the 1841 census

Parents, Thomas Hart, foreman for many years at W. Broad & Sons, timber and wine merchant in Falmouth and Mary Hart, daughter of Richard Trezise, farmer, and seine-owner (Fishing Boat) of Porthleven.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

He showed artistic instinct from an early age

1851 Census shows him as a Artist Living with his Parents at 34 Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Cornwall

1861 Census shows him as a Artist in Landscape and Portraiture at 7 Upper Berkeley Place Falmouth

1873 Post Office Directory shows him at 9 Berkeley Vale Falmouth and Polbrean on the Lizard

Thomas Hart FSA married Louisa Hallamore in 1862 in Falmouth, Cornwall. Initially they set up home in Plymouth where Thomas had one of the very first photographic studios at 10 Flora Place, Union Road, Plymouth. It looks like Louisa travelled back to Falmouth for the births of Herbert and Horace as both of their births are registered there.

Around 1865-1866 Thomas and Louisa moved to Polbrean House on the Lizard Point, Marie Louise Hart’s birth, in 1866, is registered in Landwednack and this is the same for the rest of the children, In total Thomas and Louisa had 11 children

Thomas has made a good living from the photography and selling his paintings as these two adverts show

View His Work

Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 11 January 1850

Mr. Thomas Hart delivered an address on the benefits afforded by Literary Institutions.

Thomas worked as the Drawing master  at the Falmouth Grammar School from about 1856 to 1967

Western Morning News – Tuesday 30 July 1867

First exhibited at the Cornwall Polytechnic Society in 1854

Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 15 September 1854

ROYAL CORNWALL POLYTECHNIC SOCIETY. (Continued from the 6th Page). As usual, on Saturday there were but few visitors, but some little interest was excited in the afternoon by the drawing of the prizes in the Art Union of Cornwall. The chair was taken by Mr. R. R. Broad, one of the Vice Presidents, and the following list shows. the successful subscribers, and the prize pictures which have since been selected :

 Ist.  £l5 15 0  Rev. E.Bower, Helston   Mounts Bay, by Mr. T. Hart, Falmouth.

2nd. £10 10 0  Miss Enys, Gwarder   Mullion Cove, by Mr. J. G. Philp , Falmouth.

         Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 19 September 1856

Mr. T. Hart, of Falmouth, exhibited as many as five paintings in water-colours, and three in oil ; and they were generally meritorious in execution and effective in style. Those in watercolours were a view in North Wales ; a view near the Logan Rock ; Ehrenbreitstein,from Coblentz ; and two views of Rouen, taken on the picture. and one of them including the statue of Joan of Arc. Mr. Hart depicts with much effect, the bold mountain scenery of North Wales, and the fore-ground especially of this place affords scope for gratified observation. Mr. Hart is not less successful in his treatment of the Cornish coast scenery ; and the picturesque architecture of ancient continental towns is effectively represented— Mr. Hart’s oil-paintings are ” Hugh Lloyd’s Pulpit, near Festiniog, North Wales • a view near Tai-y-Llyu, also in North Wales ; and a view near Kynance. They were bold and apparently truthful representations of some strikingly beautiful and romantic scenery. The name of ‘ Hugh Lloyd’s Pulpit,” is given to a singular detached rock standing in the middle of a narrow, secluded mountain ravine. Mr. Hart also exhibited a photographic portrait of himself, about 20 inches by 15 said to be the largest size portrait which, as yet, has been transferred from a photograph and then painted in oil ; through we understand he is enabled to take portraits m similar style, of life size

Quote from the Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 19 September 1856

                      Self Portrait By Thomas Hart 

Mr. Hart also exhibited a photographic portrait of himself, about 20 inches by 15— said to be the largest size portrait which, as yet, has been transferred from a photograph and then painted in oil ; through we understand he is enabled to take portraits in similar style, of life size.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall
Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 01 October 1858

ROYAI CORNWALL POLYTECHNIC SOCIETY. This Society’s Annual Exhibition opened on Wednesday the 29th September at the Polytechnic Hall, Falmouth.

Mr. Thomas Hart, Falmouth ; Lizard Head, misty day ; Dartmoor, mountain top; Shaugh Bridge, Devon; Hugh Lloyd’s Pulpit

Illustrated London News 26th April 1862 Page 429

                               THE GREAT FIRE AT FALMOUTH,
ON the morning of Saturday week (as reported in our last Number) a
fire occurred at Falmouth, commencing, it is thought, on the premises
of Mr. Rawlings, a grocer, in High-street. Owing to a fresh easterly
wind and dry weather prevailing both sides of this narrow street
became rapidly involved in flames, and the fire could not be effectually
checked until eight o’clock, and only then by pulling down three
houses, after fifteen or sixteen had been consumed in the main street and
a great many others in Britton’s-yard, in the rear, towards the sea.
Happily, no lives were lost; but, in addition to the families and inmates
of the houses in High-street, embracing about thirty shopkeepers of
various trades, fully 120 men, women, and children of the poorer
classes were driven in the dead of the night from their beds, many
unable to save anything beyond the clothes they escaped in. The property in stock and furniture rescued is not great, owing to the rapid-
progress of the flames; and it is calculated the total loss cannot be
reckoned at less than £25,000. It is due to the inhabitants of Falmouth
to say that they acted with the most praiseworthy alacrity in rendering
assistance to the sufferers under this E. calamity. Our Engraving,
showing the ruins after the fire, is from a sketch by Mr. T, Hart, of
Berkeley-place, Falmouth.

Western Morning News – Saturday 24 November 1860
Tuesday 27 November 1860 and Thursday 29 November 1860
Also Monday 21 January 1861

Western Daily Mercury. – Thursday 30 January 1862

Western Daily Mercury. – Monday 02 June 1862
                                BATH AND WEST ENGLAND
                                      CULTURAL SOCIETY.
                                  THE MEETING AT WELLS,

Mr T. Hart, Falmouth, 7 Paintings

Mr Hart, whose contributions included views of’ “Kvnance Cove,” and several picturesque pieces near the Lizard, ia a artist of very considerable ability, and stood high in last week’s list.

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser – Friday 26 September 1862

The Thirtieth Annual Exhibition of the Society is held this week at the spacious and convenient Polytechnic Hall, Falmouth. Nearly all the contributions had been received and arranged Monday morning ready for the inspection of the Judges.

                                      FINE ART EXHIBITION.

Mr. Hart exhibits eleven or twelve water-colour paintings

exhibited in the Committee Room, adjoining the Hall, there is displayed a large number of photographic views, contributed Mr. W. Michell, St. Austell, Mr. T. Hart, Falmouth

 Thomas operated a Photographers Business at

                              16 George Street, Plymouth, in 1860/1/2

                              21 George Street, Plymouth, in 1862/3

                             10 Flora Place, Union Street, Plymouth, in 1864/65




Western Daily Mercury. – Wednesday 06 July 1864

Western Morning News – Tuesday 26 September 1865

Flora Place is the terrace of houses on the right, Thomas’s studio was in the corner house

Below are a selection of Photographs in the Carte De Visite format that Thomas produced at his studios in Plymouth



                                                                                   Mrs Gwatkin the Niece of

                                                                                   Sir Joshua Reynolds

Mrs Gwatkin the Niece of Sir Joshua Reynolds

Western Times – Tuesday 26 May 1863

         Bath and West of England Society’s Visit to Exeter.

Amongst the contributors to the Art Department at the approaching exhibition of this society are

T. Hart (Falmouth)

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Western Daily Mercury. – Friday 31 July 1863

                              THE CONVERSAZIONE.

In the evening the Athenaeum was thrown open to very pleasing gathering of ladies and gentlemen interested in science and art. The attendance was sufficiently large promote sociability without crowding. The walls the room were hung

Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 09 October 1863


The following pictures have been selected by the winners of the prizes at this year’s drawing of the Art Union of Cornwall, which took place at the Polytechnic Hall, Falmouth on the 19th ultimo. By W. Eastlake, Esq., Plymouth, the winner of the £15 prize, T. Hart’s ” Polpeor, Lizard — Stormy Weather,” value £25. Mr Polkinghorne, Hayle, £10 prize, W. Williams’s” On the Tavy,” value £10. Mrs James Earle, £7 Prize, W. Williams’s ” Blackberry Gatherers,” value £7. Rev. J. Jonas, Stoke, £7 Prize, J. G. Philp’s” Picking un Wreck,” value £7. Ed. Nicholls, Esq., Callington, £5

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Gazette – Friday 17 June 1864


                                 THE EXHIBITION AT BRISTOL.

The annual exhibition in connection with the Bath and West of England Agricultural Society opened on Monday

                                          THE FINE ARTS

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall
The Cornish Telegraph – Wednesday 07 March 1866

Mr. T. Hart, artist, of Falmouth, has recently painted some clever water-colour pictures of Scenery at the Lizard which are described as being very beautiful specimens of watercolour painting

Western Morning News – Tuesday 15 January 1867

Royal Cornwall Gazette – Thursday 03 September 1868


 List of Visitors. — There have been a great number of visitors to view the beautiful scenery around Boscastle during the fine weather we have lately enjoyed. The following have been staying at Scott’s Wellington Hotel: — Mr and Mrs Hill, from Worcester ; Mr Alfred Price, from Gloucester; Mr Thomas Hart, from Lizard; Mr Stephen H. Pode, Miss Pode, and Miss Briggs, from Plimpton; Mr Lewarn, from Plymouth; Mr Herbert C. Hart, from London ; Etc.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Western Times Tuesday 30-3-1869

                                 THE FETES OF EASTER WEEK.

                               THE LIFE-BOAT BAZAAR EXETER

                                             Royal Public Rooms.

Much valuable bazaar stock had been gathered by Mrs Hartley, or the produce of her own untiring industry. The works of art among them were valuable and striking, comprising a Rescue by the “Mary Hartley” lifeboat at Dundee, painted by Thomas Hart, Esq., F.S.A., an artist of renown, with several watercolour illustrations of Tennyson by the same pencil

Western Morning News Monday 21 March 1870

WANTED, NURSEMAID, between 20 and 30, for young children. Honesty, cleanliness, good temper, and early rising Indispensable. Good character required.—Apply to Mrs. Hart, Polbrean-villa, Lizard

The Cornish Telegraph Wednesday 06 September 1871

Wanted GOOD plain cook, to share the house work, and housemaid, to take occasional charge of children. Apply to Mrs. Hart, the Lizard.

Royal Cornwall Gazette – Saturday 11 April 1874

Fine Art Gallery. — Mr J. C. Uren, in removing to his new and commodious premises on the Terrace, East- Street, has struck out a new line for himself in having one large room set apart as an art gallery, where original contributions, from artists of repute, will be constantly on view. Already, very choice examples have been received from artiste, and others are expected to follow. The following is the list of the present contributors: — Messer’s. R. H. Carter (12 drawings); Hart (five ditto) ; J. B. Smith ; and Professor Dinniwet, R.A., of Bruges ; Miss Seymour ; Messer’s. W. H. Gibbons; H. Martin; Giradot (two drawings); and J. C. Uren (13 ditto.)

Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser – Saturday 27 June 1874
Opening of the Falmouth Volunteer Hew Drill Hall

Mr. T. Hart, of Falmouth, presented a painting of a coast scene near the Land’s End, valued at £7 7s

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall
Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser – Saturday 16 September 1876

Bourges Cathedral, Watercolour T. Hart   £ 6.00

The following pictures were sold from the gallery, independently of the Art Union

Winter on the Cornish Coast Oil T. Hart £60.00

The Deserted Mill T. Hart Oil £40.00

Cadgwith Cove T. Hart Oil £16.16

                     Western Times – Friday 21 June 1878                                                                                       ART

Messers. Thomas B. Worth and Co. have made arrangements with Mr T. Hart, of the Lizard, for a special exhibition his works comprising finished drawings and sketches views Cornwall, Ireland, France, Belgium. Switzerland, Italy etc. The exhibition will be the second week of’ July at the Fine Art Gallery (late Glendall’s) Cathedral Yard. The high character Mr Hart’s works will the surest recommendation of the collection to the art-loving public.

Western Times – Tuesday 25 June 1878





By T. Hart, of the Lizard.



To open about the Second Week in July…

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Cornishman – Thursday 14 November 1878

We (Western Daily Mercury) have pleasure in stating that Mr Hart of the Lizard, who a year or two since passed some time in Rome, and brought home many works of great interest, recently sold one of his Roman pictures for £315. ( £ 26,215, in 2018 ) This is very encouraging. He had previously spent years upon our western coasts, and had painted many of the Cornish lions. It is gratifying to see our Western men establishing a name for work done far, far away.

Western Times Thursday  5th June 1879


Thomas Hart Mountain Stream near Bettws-Y-Coed in wales

Cornishman – Thursday 06 May 1880

 Fine Arts.—Mr Thomas Hart, of the Lizard, has two drawings in the Grosvenor Gallery, London. one a moorland sunset, .entitled “The Day’s Work Done;” the other ” Morning after a Gale”—a grey drawing in Mr Hart’s best style, with heavy ground sea and men clearing the wreck. They were selected Sir Coutts Lindsay..

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Cornishman Thursday 12-4-1883

                                                      A Narrow ESCAPE OF A WELL KNOWN CORNISH ARTIST.

Mr Thomas Hart, the well-known Lizard artist, met with a serious accident and narrow escape for his life on Thursday last. He was driving on the Helston road, when about two miles from the Lizard, he overtook uncovered wain, the carcasses of eight or 10 pigs. Knowing that many horses (particularly his own) have a great dislike to slaughtered pigs and the smell of blood, the coachman alighted, and tried to lead the horse (which was a very valuable one) quietly past. On getting abreast of the wain, however, the horse suddenly reared, planted its fore legs on the top of hedge, and threw the coachman with considerable violence on the ground. Mr Hart retained his hold of the reins, and the horse being unable to drag the carriage over the hedge fell back suddenly into the ditch. Before the animal could rise into the road Mr Hart and the coachman managed to hold down its head, and had partially succeeded in removing the harness, when getting its head free, it regained its footing and dashed off at tremendous pace. The unloosened harness then got entangled between its feet and threw it to the ground, with violence that it slid along the road for about 13 yards, receiving such severe cuts in its knees as to render for ever unfit for carriage work. Luckily the coachman was unhurt, and Mr Hart escaped with a few bruises and a cut hand, but received a severe shock to the nervous system. The horse was quite a favourite with the children, and was often fed by them with fruit and sweets

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Western Times – Thursday 18 September 1884


have pleasure in drawing attention’ to an admirable Exhibition of Water Colour and other Drawings and Sketches by Mr Hart and two of his Sons, who have come to Exeter very recently, and who intend to commence classes next Monday for instruction in Art their Studio 9 Dixs Field). We have seen the collection of drawings which will be on view to the public for the remainder of this week and for the first three days of next week, •and can very confidently state that visitors will be repaid by call, It is proposed by Mr Hart to limit the number of pupils for each of demonstrations, so that all his classes will be arranged in groups of 6 or so. He and his sons will be prepared to give not only in the elements of drawing, but in the more advanced stages of water-colour and oil painting. Next year he will take his pupils in classes to the country for outdoor sketching. His pictures now on view comprise the following, which very fully illustrate the character of his works:—” The meeting of the Waters “—the Frisinone and Diveria on the SimplonPass. Herein are characteristic features of Swiss scenery. The Snow Mountains, though very .distant are brilliant and are, as Ruskin says they should be “sharp as a Razor” The clear yet distant atmospheric effectsare very noticeable. “Shipwrecked mariners watching the breaking upof their vessel by the rising tide”, a scene from nature—being the wreck of the barque Achilles of Glasgow at Bellerion, near Mullion. Here is the consummate wave drawing, only to be executed by one who has studied the motions of the sea for many winters. The atmosphere is wonderful in its reality and in the effects of spray .The tug has abandoned the vessel asbeing of no further service. The group of figures, full of life represents mariners endeavouring to save the last fragments; those on the rocks are weary after their labours. The rocks and seaweed in the foreground are realistic indeed.—” Lichen-covered Rocks at the Lizard; the man-of-War Rocks and Lizard Head the distance.” summer afternoon, quiet and peaceful.—” St. Mount, Sunset.” This is one Mr Hart’s best efforts and a pure water-colour. Its brilliant light is surprising, the composition of the picture is in the highest sense artistic.—”Venice” shows a gondola entering the the Grand- Canal, the Church of Santa Maria Della Salute in the distance. The gondolier is urging forward his vessel, which is truly poised in the water. The water grandly reflects the splendid colours the sky and boats. The picture whole picture is full poetry.—” Amalfi, Bay of Naples, is a true Italian scene, the town being viewed through an archway with a chapel in the foreground, its little ever burning light light glimmering the interior, The tone of the foreground contrasts conspicuously with that of the distance ‘ —”Lago Maggiore—The Borromean Islands in the distance.” This picture of the best class of Italian scenery, represents a morning effect, the boats the foreground stand out splendidly against the distance, and the reflections in the water are natural to a degree.— Blue Grotto Capri.” This is a remarkable drawing light pours into the water from the outside; it is refracted, and afterwards reflected from the roof of the Cavern. The effect of the light thus affected is very peculiar especially on the body of swimmer. The part immersed shines like silver, while the parts out of the water are of the colour of the shadows of the cave. —the grotto of Posilippo.” Bay of Naples a small drawing. Mount Vesuvius is the distance. The sun’s rays seem. to be streaming into the Grotto, and the blue sky is admirably rendered-—”Isola dei Pescatoti to Lago Maggiore”Looking down a narrow dark street towards Baveno, which on the far side of the Lake. In the foreground is an old fisherman mending his net, contrasting splendidly with the pure bright light is the dark figure of a girl carrying her pails. Other figures  are basking in the sunshine.—”in the Rosenlain Valley “ is a sketch on the way to Meyringen, with the Wellhorn and Wetterhorn in the distance.—” Rough Weather at Arthur’s Castle, Tintagel-” There is wonderful  wave drawing  in this picture—the rocks are solid, and receiving the shocks of the enormous rollers which are tumbling against the cliffs. A really fine drawing.—“ winter at the Lizard.” The distant headlands are seen through a dense mist.—” Ponte Grande, in the Val Auzasca.” Monte Rosa is in the distance, half shrouded in fog, which is admirably rendered. A thunderstorm has just taken place, and the shutes of. The houses, and the road are still running with water. Everything seems drenched with rain, and Mr Hart delineated the glacier water with great fidelity. “St Peters, Rome, from the Pincian Garden,” a small but highly finished drawing, the foliage in the foreground of rhododendrons etc., seems to be bathed in pure sunlight, and the fountain on left with its sprays of water is quite refreshing on so evidently hot a day. “Prince Albert’s Arch, Kynance Cove.” The Lion Rock is in thedistance; the upper part of the arch was washed away in a storm few years since- The drawing shows thetrue colour of the Serpentine Rooks. The distance is full of mist while the foreground is beautifully crisp and near,  ”The West Front of Chartres Cathedral.” The drawing of the sculpture, masonry, etc., gives a true idea of the west front of this magnificent Cathedral. This picture illustrates with others, the versatility of Mr Hart a procession of priests, choristers. Etc. is emerging from one of the west doors.—” Kynance-” The Lion Rock the distance. A truly summer scene, with a bright green sea breaking lazily on the beach. The sand is evidently wet and reflects the sky and adjacent objects.—” Wreck on the Stag Rocks, the Lizard'” a large and imposing picture. A heavy ground  swell is rolling in, and breaking  on the shore.—” on the Titlas Pass,” a sunset on the snow mountains. The foreground is very sombre, and thus the distant mountains are the more lit up by contrast—a true Swiss scene,—” Nijni Novgorod,” a sketch, showing the site of the great Russian Fair.—Three splendid sea studies on tinted paper educational character, illustrative of Mr Harts way of working.—’”In the Forum Rome,” sketch of the column of Phocas, and the arch of Septimius  Severus in the distance.— Morning at Kynance Cove,” by Sidney E. Hart, is a drawing full of the effect morning light, with mist and admirable atmospheric effects—” Wreck at Watergate Bay North Coast of Cornwall,” also by Sidney E. Hart, powerfully drawn and rich in harmonious colouring. It delineates figures busy about the stranded vessel, the sea exceptionally fine.—” The ‘Squire’s Daughter on an errand of Mercy,” by H. Hart, is a winter scene admirably drawn—the horse and dogs especially so, “Sympathy” shows two little boys trying to revive a little bird in the snow, a incident in the severe winter of 1880 by H, Passingham Hart. There are also outline drawings from casts after Flaxman’s outlines, at the Slade School. University College, London, by H. Passingham– and “A Woodcock,” from nature, by the artist.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams – Saturday 17 January 1885




From the Slade School, University College, London;


Pupils Reassemble on the 27th Inst.

Western Times – Friday 14 January 1887




PRINCIPAL: THOMAS HART, f.s.a., assisted by his Sons, H. PASSINGHAM HART and SYDNEY E. HART.

Exhibition of Works of Pupils, in Oil and Water Colours.

OPEN on THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, January the 13th, 14th, and 15th from 10 o’clock till dusk

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

           Western Morning News

    Wednesday 16 February 1887

    EXHIBITION OF WATER – COLOUR DRAWINGS                                               TORQUAY.

Mr. Thomas Hart, F.S.A., opened an exhibition of his water-colour drawings yesterday at his studio, St. John’s Hall, Park-street, Torquay, where will remain open until Monday next. The present collection comprises some of the best, truest, and most beautiful pictures Mr. Hart has ever produced. They consist chiefly of scenes Devon and Cornwall, and all the admirably skilful treatment of rook and sea and sky apparent, and elicits the warmest expressions of approval from residents and visitors who recognise the views and testify to the fidelity with which they have been reproduced. The picture which first attracts attention Is The Resting-place of Lord Iddesleigh.” This is the latest, and one of the most brilliant of Mr. Hart’s works. II most be seen folly appreciated, for no words can adequately describe the poem which the artist has placed before in the and unpretentious surroundings which the village church and country graveyard of Upton afford. In this drawing the artist has faithfully depicted nation’s feeling the loss of one who was respected and revered all. The picture Is in the artist’s best style. It has all the great-depth of oil painting, whilst the same time the aerial perspective is such only be reached by tbe process of water colour painting. To those who have visited the churchyard of Upton Pyne the sunset hour, the beauty of this eminently restful drawing will immediately commend itself. The old church, the figures the porch pointing to the statesmen’s tomb, and the repose of picture, associated with the grave sad fading daylight, combine to form poem on canvas as well a genuine artistic success. Of the other pictures, there is bright little sketch of the rains of Berry Pomeroy Castle, near Totnes, with fresh out-of-door look about it that Invests it with peculiar interest. Tarn Steps, the Barle, near Dulverton, is thorough Devonshire sketch. the ford is a labourer going over the bridge, talking with man in charge of horses, whilst close several geese are taking exception to presence of dog. There in the picture correct focus of light and shade, and also a depth of colouring, with good aerial perspective. In the exquisite sketch of Anstey’s Cove, near Torquay, one reminded of Italian scenery. The transparency the water and the atmospheric effects are remarkable. ** Dartmouth, looking up the river,*’ is quite a little gem. In Totnes, from Sharpham,” there is glow of sunlight over the whole landscape, showing the Dartmoor hilts with clear outline against the sky, Sharpham woods being in the shadow. The Wreak the Suffolk recalls most realistically the shipping disaster which happened at Lizard a few months since. The vessel is represented ashore in the fog, with the rocket being fired over her the coastguardsmen from ledge of rock. In this picture the artist has been most successful depicting the atmosphere, his fog seeming very real indeed. A smaller drawing on the same subject represents the scene on the second day of the wreck, with the cattle which formed part of the cargo swimming about in the sea. This effective little sketch by one of the artists sons, Mr. Tracey D. Hart. ‘’Arch Rock, near the Lizard,” is winter scene, painted on the spot. As one looks upon it there is a feeling of being in the presence of tremendous sea, and of being close to the saline spray. In the immediate foreground are well-drawn figures are beach men securing the Polpier Cove, also near the Lizard, noticeable for its rich atmospheric effects, the sea and beach being finely illuminated by the setting sun. The Day’s Work Done*’ is another of Mr. Hart’s works which is full of repose. The scene is Cornish. There is labourer returning borne with his horses the sunset glow, with Ruan Major Church and the Black Head in the distance..Polbrean Cove,the Lizard, showing granite and lichen-covered rocks, is a very fine specimen of rock-painting, full of solidity and correctness of colouring. ‘’Fingle Bridge “is charming bit of Dartmoor scenery, with the fog lifting in the distance. The picture of  Penrvn. with Falmouth Harbour, Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle, and Anthony Lighthouse, remarkable for its grand panoramic effect; whilst ia the sketch of Caerthilion and the Lizard Head is reproduced the wondrously soft, balmy atmosphere of a sunny afternoon. Amongst the other views in the two westernmost counties which claim attention are those ot Kingswear Castle, at the mouth of the Dart. Holme Bridge, near Ashburton; Mullion Cove, Cornwall; Clovelly. North Devon; Botallack Mine, Land’s End ; the canal, near Exmouth: the deserted mill, Chagtord: the Cornish Lions, from Pentreath; and Polperro, Cornwall. Mr. Hart’s collection also comprises several pictures of Continental scenery. Mount St. Michel, Normandy,Penzance difference in the matter architecture. There well executed rough sea breaking over the sands, and piece of wreckage in the foreground. In the ” Church Interior’’, Dinan, Normandy,” peasants are shown at their devotions in the richly-painted Interior. The light streaming from the altar the worshippers is very effective, whilst care has the same time been taken to have light and shade well balanced. There is clever little sketch of the bay of Naples, with Vesuvius the distance, painted from the top of Possilippo. The glacier scene Grindelwald, Switzerland, is large sketch taken on the spot, showing the transparency of ice, with snow mountains beyond, with wonderful effect.

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser                                      Friday 18 February 1887


EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY THOMAS HART, F.S.A. (Exhibitor at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery, and Painter by special permission of the Government of the late King Victor Emmanuel, amongst the classical ruins of Ancient Rome), STUDIO, ST. JOHN’S HALL (FREEMASONS LODGE), PARK STREET, TORQUAY Amongst the Collection are the following :


  1. Ansty’s Cove. Torquay.
  2. Polbrean and the Lizard Head.
  3. Mullion Cove, Cornwall.
  4. Arch Rock, near the Lizard—(Winter).
  5. Polpier Cove, the Lizard.
  6. Tarn Steps. on the Barle, near Dulverton.
  7. Penryn, Falmouth Harbour, Pendennis Castle. St. Mawe’s Castle. St. Anthony Lighthouse. &e., from beyond Penryn.
  8. The s.s. Suffolk ashore at the Lizard in a fog.
  9. Caerthilion and the Lizard Head.
  10. The Day’s Work Done.
  11. Mont St. Michel. Normandy.
  12. Fingle Bridge, near Chagtord, Dartmoor.
  13. Botallack Mine.
  14. On the Canal. Exmouth in the distance
  15. Clovelly. North Devon.
  16. Totnes, from Sharpham, Dartmoor Hills in the Distance.
  17. Polperro, Cornwall.
  18. Holne Bridge. near Ashburton.
  19. Hauling Lobster Pots Off the Lizard.
  20. Ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes.
  21. Naples and Vesuvius.
  22. Kingswear Castle, and Entrance to Dartmouth.
  23. Dartmouth, looking up the River.
  24. The Deserted Mill. Chagford.
  25. Church Interior, Dinan, Brittany.
  26. Wreck of the is. Suffolk at the Lizard, by Tracey D. Hart.
  27. The Cornish Lions, from Pentreath,


Whitby Gazette – Friday 24 August 1888

                        The Royal Hotel

Thomas hart was staying there during that week

The Ipswich Journal – Friday 30 August 1889

ART EXHIBITION.-On Thursday next Mr Hart, F.S.A, will have on view for a few days, in the rooms of the Ipswich Fine Art Club, a collection of his drawings and sketches of scenes on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall. Mr Hart, who resides near the Lizard, may be said to be thoroughly imbued with the spirit of that characteristic coast, and his treatment of its scenery is peculiarly happy. Art connoisseurs would  do well to embrace the opportunity of viewing Mr Hart’s clever collection during the few days he will be amongst us.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Cornishman – Thursday 19 September 1889


 Recent varied work from the busy pencils of Mr Thomas Hart, F.S.A. of the Lizard and his sons now fills the fine-art gallery Ipswich; and, according to a consensus of press opinions, the room visited to the extent its treasures well deserve. The Suffolk Chronicle of last week reminds that Mr Hart himself has gained wide reputation for his productions. His home is near the Lizard a spot where there is plenty scope for the artist and where nature abounds in many varied forms. Mr Hart has spent years around the coasts of Cornwall, passing much of his time in sketching from boats.  Many of his pictures which are on view are taken from the neighbourhood of the Lizard and a few from the Continent.

 A great feature of his drawings (adds the same contemporary) is the atmosphere, which he reproduces with extraordinary effect. This is especially noticeable in sea-views, where rain is descending and fogs and clouds hang about. One feels as if he wants his overcoat while looking at his paintings of a storm. Two three of the pictures on view are his sons, who are an facile with the pencil.

 The Chronicle then describes ‘ The last man from the wreck’, a dismasted vessel, by Mr Hart and his son, Mr Horace P. Hart; ‘The last plunge,’ by the latter. ‘The steeple rock, Kynance,’ by Mr Sydney E. Hart; and a score of stirring and graphic pictures of the Cornish coast.

 The East Anglian Daily Times says that, like all true artists, Mr Hart has made the world at large his field of labour, but it may, perhaps, be presumed that the scenery about his own home, in all its varying aspects of storm and calm, has received his closest and most loving attention. By 40 pictures the characteristic features of Cornwall’s rock-bound coast are vividly represented, without exaggeration or any attempt at tricky effect.

 It pleasant to read of two sons thus successfully taught by their talented lather and following in his footsteps. Cornish people would, of course, like to see such an exhibition as this, but, as the ordinary use of such a collection is sale, they would also be glad to hear that the people of Suffolk secured and kept among them these interesting pictures of the scenery of our county.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall
Birmingham Daily Post – Thursday 06 March 1890

Cornishmen dwelling in London have had the opportunity during the past few days of inspecting a number of drawings of their native coast executed by Mr Thomas Hart, F.S.A., and some by his son, Mr Sydney Hart. The former artist has for many years done good work of this kind, and the present series shows no falling off in those qualities which have gained him fame. The Land’s End, regarded from various points, figures largely in the collection, and there are drawings of St. Michael’s Mount, Trebarwith Strand, Falmouth, and other picturesque spots on the Cornish coast which will well repay close study by lovers of seaside scenery.

Cornishman – Thursday 06 November 1890

                                               ST AUSTELL.

 Thomas Hart, F. S. A., of the Lizard, has on view in St Austell assembly-rooms a very choice collection of water-colour sketches of Cornish scenery by himself and sons. Mr Hart’s ability as an artist has long been recognized.

Birmingham Daily Post – Saturday 22 November 1890


There is at present on view at Mr Collier’s gallery, New] Street, a collection of large water-colour drawings by Mr Thomas Hart, illustrating thescenery of the Cornish I coast in the neighbourhood of the Land’s End. The artist is remarkably successful in his delineation of the characteristic forms of the Cornish rocks, and has an experienced eye for delicate colour. Some sketches by Mr Tracey Hart and Mr Sydney Hart bring up the collection to about forty examples.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall
Cornishman – Thursday 17 September 1891


During the last few days, Mr Hart, of the Lizard, has been staying here and has been busy sketching that grand cliff Tol-padac, Some of Mr Hart’s views of Cornish coast scenery are recognised by connoisseurs as moas meritorious works of art.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Friday 23 August 1895



Accounts reach us of terrible fire at Odde, Norway, which resulted, in about 15 minutes, in the loss of the Hardanger Hotel, the telegraph office, and numerous other buildings in close proximity. The fire occurred shortly after 11 a.m. in one the bedrooms, but it is difficult to ascertain the real cause. Many of the visitors were English, among whom were the Rev. Dr. Boyd ice- Chancellor of Oxford University), Mr Boyd (brother), and Mrs Boyd, the Rev. E. J. and Mrs Jeffery (of Frithelstock Vicarage, Devon), the Rev. j T. and Mrs Honey (Wilts), Mr C. H. Neville (County Magistrate of Cheshire), Mr Hart, and Mr Sydney Hart (the Cornish artist). All these visitors, together with some American and Dutch ladies and gentlemen, lost all their effects and most of them their money. They had to seek refuge in the steamers that were near, and leave for Bergen on the following morning. As the hotel was built entirely of pine wood, there was no chance for any person to approach near the building, much less save anything.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Thursday 28 May 1896





Will be held at the



2nd, 3rd, and 4th of June.

Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission by address card.

Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 03 June 1896

Water-colour Exhibition.—

An interesting exhibition of water colours was opened in the Cutlers’ Hall yesterday, and will remain open to-day and tomorrow. The water colours are shown in one of the rooms on the ground floor, and though not numerous the pictures will well repay inspection. They are all works from the easel of Thomas Hart, F.S.A., and his sons, T. Dyke Hart, Claude M. Hart, and Sydney E. Hart. These four brushes have been at work to some purpose in reproducing the rugged coast scenery of Cornwall, and afford examples, both large and small, of many delightful spots. Naturally there is diversity in style, and these charming transcripts of sea and land are refreshing and breezy open-air studies.  Few of the well-known places in Devon and Cornwall have been neglected, and, if only for the sake of seeing much of our picturesque England, the exhibition is worth visiting

List of places in Switzerland on the back of Plein air painting dated 1898

Staubbach Waterfall Switzerland by Thomas Hart FSA

Cornishman – Thursday 03 March 1898

THE LIZARD. Mullet Caught at The Lizard.—On Wednesday fine school mullet was enclosed by Mr Hart’s Lizard seane, but, unfortunately, the capture was of very small fish, and the bulk escaped through the meshes, that only 600 were secured. These were sold the fish-buyers of and realized good prices.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 28 February 1900







Thomas Hart Artist Cornwall

Sheffield Independent – Thursday 01 March 1900




Cornishman – Thursday 22 November 1900

COVERACK. Has again been successful in the pilchard fishery this reason. About a month ago the seine had good haul and Friday the second sharing took place, and Mr Hart, of the Lizard, presented each man with a sovereign. The kind gift was highly appreciated.

Cornishman – Thursday 09 May 1907

CORRESPONDENCE. THE NUISANCE AT THE LIZARD. Sir, —Will you kindly allow me space in your valuable paper to thank Rambler for taking an interest in the welfare of the Lizard inhabitants. I wish to confirm what he says. My house is situated directly under the lighthouse, and overlooking Polbrean Cove, where this mass of decomposing matter is lying. When the wind blows from the south-west we cannot go into the garden, the stench is so strong. I have repeatedly called the attention of the authorities to the matter, but up to the present time without any success. , THOMAS HART. Polbrean, the Lizard

Cornishman – Thursday 07 September 1916


funeral of Mr. Hart, F.S.A., who died after ten weeks’ illness, at  his residence, Polbrean. the Lizard, on Sunday evening, took place at Landewednack Church on Wednesday. The mourners were Messrs. C. M. Hart and Theodore Hart (sons), Mr. Kennith Playdill Bouverie (son-in-law), and Dr. Henry Boyd, a lifelong friend. Mr. Hart, who was 86 Years of age, leaves a widow and several children. was the oldest Cornish artist, and had spent nearly the whole of his life at Polbrean, a beautiful spot nestling on the top the cliffs and just under the Lizard lighthouse. He built Polbrean and laid out the grounds fifty-four years ago. He was a life Long member of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons. in his younger days he travelled much Norway, Switzerland, France, and. Italy. Pictures of scenes in those countries grace his studio. The delicacy of touch and purity of tone of Roman and other works are the admiration of connoisseurs. Perhaps, his best local picture is: “The Day’s Work Done,” a scene from the Lizard croft-land.

Cornishman Thursday 7-9-1916

                                        THE LATE MR. THOMAS HART.

 Mr Thomas Hart, whose death at the Lizard announced this week, was born at Falmouth, father Thomas Hart, many years foreman to W. Broad and Sons, timber and wine merchants of that borough, and his mother was Mary, the daughter ; Richard Trezize, farmer, and seine-owner of Porthleven. Early life he showed artistic instincts, and he attained considerable eminence as painter in water-colours, his works being hung at the Royal Academy and the Grosvenor and other London galleries. He was particularly fortunate in finding attractive subjects that suited his style the Lizard district and Coverack and Mullion at time when the beauties of form and colour of the Cornish coast were not nearly so well-known as now. There is doubt that his picture of Kynance Cove, and of the bold cliffs known as the Rill, did much to attract artists and others to the county. Among purchasers of his works were the Earl of Northbrook, Viscountess Baring, the late Lord St. Levan, Dowager Lady Louisa Ashburton, Lady Elizabeth Biddulph, Dean Alford, Rev. “Henry Boyd, D.D., principal Hertford College; Dr. Wilberforce, and Viscount Clifden. For very many years Mr Hart’s contribution was an important feature the art section of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society’s Exhibition, and on more than one occasion won its silver medal. Several summers had a studio Norway, and his transcripts of the bold rock coast and grand waterfalls, found ready purchasers among tourists. The Society of Antiquaries made him a Fellow in recognition of his ready help afforded to all in search of the pre-historic remains in the district. Early in his artistic career he made his home the Lizard, so as to able to study the coast in all seasons and weather, and he took an active part the life of the community. He was hon. sec. of the Landewednack School, 1872-82 and for several years a lay representative at the Diocesan Conferences for the parishes of Landewednack, Grade, and Ruan Miner. He also had much do with the Lizard Reading-room. In 1862 he married Louise Fisher, a daughter of Alfred and Jane Hallamore, late of Penzance. By whom had seven children: Herbert Passingham, Horace Percival, Marie Louise, Sydney Ernest, Claude Montague (who inherited of his father’s talent), Tracy Douglas, and Beatrice Leaf.

Thomas was layed to rest in St Winwalloe Churchyard, Landewednack, The Lizard, Cornwall 

The Pictures of the grave below are by kind permission of Mr Brian E Hart, Canada

Cornishman – Wednesday 23 October 1918
HART.—Oct. 13, Louisa Fisher at Polbrean, The Lizard, widow of the late Thomas Hart, F.S.A.

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