Young Apprentice (Newlyn Copperworks) by Stanhope Alexander Forbes

This large oil sketch shows Johnny Payne Cotton beating copper under the watchful eye of John D Mackenzie.


Oil on canvas
76 x 61 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £17,840)
Acquired in:
David Lay, The Penzance Auction House

Forbes was the founder of the Newlyn School which had close links with the Copper-workers school. The classes were established to give the local young men instruction in a craft that would provide them with an occupation to replace the jobs that had disappeared with the decline of the Cornish tin and copper mining industry.


Private collection; David Lay, The Penzance Auction House.

Venue details

Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road, PENZANCE Cornwall TR18 4HE 01736 363 625

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