John Noble Barlow


John Noble Barlow RBA ROI RWA (1861-1917) Exh. RA 27.

Public Collections include Cheltenham, Plymouth, Truro and Winnipeg.

Born in Manchester, Barlow studied in Paris, New York, Belgium and Holland. In c.1884, he went to America, where he studied further in New York and took out American citizenship in 1887. He was back in Europe by 1889 and, in 1892, he settled in St Ives. Barlow was a landscape painter, who was fond of depicting sunsets and moonrises and autumnal scenes, and favoured enormous canvases. He was made a member of the RBA in 1896 and, in 1899, won a gold medal (3rd class) at the Paris Salon. After 1905, Lamorna subjects dominate his output and he certainly had by this juncture a studio in the Lamorna Valley. His tree grouping was considered one of his fortés and a large picture Spring, Lamorna was rated in 1909 his best work to date. Garstin Cox, one of his pupils, was another artist who fell in love with the Lamorna Valley. Barlow died in Penzance in 1917. Cheltenham Art Gallery have his Autumn, Lamorna dating from 1906 but it needs restoration.

(Abridged extract from David Tovey, Creating A Splash : The St Ives Society of Artists (1927-1952), Wilson Books, 2004)

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