Blackberry Gathering

Elizabeth Adela Forbes (née Armstrong), First exhibited in 1912

WAG 1520

About this object

Elizabeth Forbes was born in Canada and studied in New York and Munich. In 1890 she married Stanhope Forbes. Both painters were leading members of the group of artists who worked at Newlyn in Cornwall at the end of the 19th century, painting local outdoor subjects full of light and atmosphere using characteristic free brushwork. The male artists in Newlyn painted the working life of the fishing village whereas Elizabeth Forbes depicted the women and children either at home or engaged in more leisurely outdoor pursuits, as in this painting which was first exhibited in 1912.

This painting is typical of her outdoor subjects with anecdotal interest. It was described by the critic of the Studio as 'a good example of the work of an artist who had charm of manner and true individuality of style'.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Elizabeth Adela Forbes (née Armstrong) (British: English, born:29 December 1859, died:16 March 1912)
  • Date
    First exhibited in 1912
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 83.9 cm x 99.8 cm; frame: 111.3 cm x 126.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A lady and two young girls picking blackberries on a summer's day. A vast expanse of fields stretch into the distance below and the sky dominates the top half of the composition.
  • Related people
    William James Ladeveze Davies (Previous owner); Elizabeth Adela Forbes (née Armstrong) (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1520
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Mr William James Ladevez Davies in 1953
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 11
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • William James Ladeveze Davies

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1953
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: E A Forbes
    Inscription method: Initials in monogram
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: Blackberry Gathering / Mrs E S Forbes / Higher Fangau / Newlyn / Penzance
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: H. W. Taylor framemaker, 61 Queens Rd, Bayswater W.
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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