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The Smuggler's Cave, Polperro by Gordon M Forsyth RI | Original Art by Gordon M Forsyth RI | Barewall

Gordon M Forsyth RI

The Smuggler's Cave, Polperro by Gordon M Forsyth RI

Original  watercolour by Gordon Forsyth RI  titled "the Smuggler's Cave, Polperro".

This painting originally took part and sold at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition at 195 Piccadilly, London W1. 

The piece is signed bottom left but not dated.

A lovely idylic scene on a sunny day showing the cave on the beach from the water which reflects the cliffs and the cove of Polperro, Conwall, England. 

The original back board also includes a label for an entry to The Royal Academy Exhibiton in 1933 of a different painting making the date of the watercolour 1933 onwards.

G M Forsyth was mostly known for his ceramic designer art director roles at Minton Hollins and Pilkingtons or Lancastrian Pottery. He also was head of art  for Stoke on Trent Art schools and was at The Burslem School of Art when Arthur Berry, Norman Cope and John Shelton attended the art school in the 40s where Shelton (John Hancock) described him as "The Old Scottish Dragon" in a letter from John Shelton to Norman Cope in 1943.

Forsyth was also an innovator of the art education as is known today with the Burslem School of Art being the training ground for the system introducing students to industry as part of the education as well as developing an early art school training for childen from the age of 13 to 15 where they would move into work at the design studios of the Pottery industry leading them into a long and rewarding careers in art and manufacture which carried on for most part of the 20th century. His ideas surrounding art education became the foundation for the art education as it is today.


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