On Paul Hill by Stanhope Alexander Forbes

This is a major late work by Stanhope Forbes, a leading member of the Newlyn School, and a superb example of 1920s painting in Britain.


Oil on canvas
97 x 122 cm
Art Fund grant:
£40,000 ( Total: £298,533; Tax remission)
Acquired in:

Influenced by French 'plein air' painters, the artist painted this view from the junction between Chywoone (or 'Paul') Hill and the top of Adit Lane in Newlyn, West Cornwall, a view still recognisable today. In the distance is Penzance, with St Mary's Church and the Queen's Hotel prominently visible. The work epitomises artists' concern with depicting a return to normality after World War I and celebrating the conservative values of rural village life.


?Sold in studio sale of the artist's work following his death in 1947; W H Lane & Sons, Penzance, 1940s; private collection, Cornwall; Sotheby's, London, 2006.

Venue details

Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road, PENZANCE Cornwall TR18 4HE 01736 363 625 www.penleehouse.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.50)

1 Apr – 31 Oct Daily, 10am - 5pm 1 Nov – 31 Mar Daily,​ 10am – 4.30pm

Last admission 30 mins before closing Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan