NORMAN GARSTIN R.B.C. (1847-1926)

The Fair

Country of Origin Ireland
Dated c. 1910
Medium Oil on original canvas
Dimensions 21.00inch wide (53.34 cm wide)
17.00inch high (43.18 cm high)
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NORMAN GARSTIN R.B.C. (1847-1926) Biography

Garstin was born in Ireland and was brought up by his grandparents. He first set out to be an engineer, then an architect, and then sought his fortune prospecting for diamonds in South Africa in the company of Cecil Rhodes.
 
On return to Ireland, he decided on a career as an artist. Although he started by painting in his spare time, by the late 1870s through the early 1880s he was studying in both Paris and Antwerp.
 
He arrived in Newlyn in 1886, moving to Penzance in 1889 where he finally settled, living at Wellington Terrace. To supplement the sparse income from picture sales, he taught painting, his most notable students being Harold Harvey and his own daughter, Alethea Garstin, who became a notable painter in her own right.
 
His most famous work is ‘The Rain it Raineth Every Day’, 1889, showing Penzance promenade on a rainy day. The composition of this painting demonstrates Garstin’s admiration for Japanese art, which was influencing so many artists at this time, including Whistler, whose work Garstin also admired. The title is taken from Shakespeare, where it is found both in ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘King Lear’.

Provenance

The painting was owned by the vendors mother who was an executor of Alethea Garstin's estate and who acquired it directly from Alethea Garstin



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