The Society is named after the Lamorna Valley in West
Cornwall, an area associated with numerous artists in the 19th and 20th
was it that planted the first cottages in such a spot as this,
so wild and lonely and difficult of access? There was surely suitability
for something in this cove which made it seem a desirable abode.
I conclude it was its very loneliness that fitted it for occupations
which thrive best when seen by fewest eyes. - Arthur H. Norway,
The valley and nearby cove
have great natural beauty, and to this day retain the unspoilt nature
that first attracted artists to the area. The area also has many interesting geological features. (Many artists have painted
features of the area, including the cove,
the valley, and nearby.
would seem that we had suddenly entered paradise; a densely-wooded
valley filled with lichen-covered trees of greenish grey, whose
branches threw a bluish tracery of shadow over rich tufts of grass
already speckled with the yellow of early primrose and white anemone.
- Laura Knight recalling her first visit to Lamorna in the
spring of 1907.