F.W.Sturge was born in about 1858 in
Gloucester. He generally painted in watercolours and after training at
the Slade exhibited from 1878 to 1908 (for example at the
Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, the Ridley Art Club and in Birmingham).
He lived in Cornwall and Gloucester at different times. Many of
his landscapes and coastal scenes were done in Cornwall and the Channel
Islands as in the example above, although he also exhibited some Egyptian scenes at the end of
his career (possibly done on his way to India as there is a known
picture by him of a scene near Quetta).
His full name was Frederic William
Sturge, but he preferred to use the name William apparently (he was an
officer in an army Terratorial regiment in India in the first World War and was known locally
in Cornwall as "Major
Bill") . He sold some scenes done in India on his return home. He came from a well known west country family and was related
to Joseph Sturge (1793-1859), a philanthropist and slavery abolition
campaigner, and William Allen Sturge (1850-1919), a physcian.
was the son of Edwin Sturge - he married Charlotte Gryles (from a
Cornish family), although no offspring of this marriage are known, and finally settled
in Tintagel on his return from India. He died in about 1939. For more information on the Sturge family go to
Sturge apparently visited or lived
in Clovelly for a while and is mentioned in a booklet entitled "Clovelly: A
Guide Book by Angela Ruthven published in 1926. To quote "Mr F.W.Sturge,
in his delightful collection of studies made at Clovelly, shows very
conclusively that a painter may make excellent use of his time who comes
here for a month or so.". The book also has a reproduction of a painting
by him on page 44. Apparently there were at couple of his paintings
hanging in the Red Lion Inn in Clovelly a few years ago.
The pictures above are good examples of how
in watercolour a
few graduated brush strokes can simulate the appearance of water washing
over sand in a way that could not be easily done in any other medium.
White body colour is used to highlight the tips of the waves in the
The first picture above was
contributed by Martin Mallin.
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