Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

A Great Authority in Our Village (John Kelynack), 1877

Oil on canvas

John Henry Martin

1836 - 1908

John Henry Martin was based in Newlyn before it became an artists' colony and is not one of the 'Newlyn School', as he did not share the later group's ethos and painting style. His charming pictures are nevertheless valuable records of west Cornwall in the 1870s.



John Henry Martin - 1836 - 1908

Martin’s work is mainly of small scale.  He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, and between 1871 and 1880 his address is given as Newlyn.  Although he visited Newlyn after 1880, it seems that the arrival of the Newlyn group from 1882 somehow coincides with his move away from the area.

Also known for his views of Plymouth and the River Tamar, Martin died and was buried in Saltash in 1908.