The Society is named after the Lamorna Valley in West Cornwall, an area associated with numerous artists in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

What 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, 1898.


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. ... )

It 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.


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