WILLIAM BANKS FORTESCUE
Being a member of the Newlyn School and a friend and housemate of Stanhope Forbes, proved to be the major influences in Fortescues career. He was adept at painting en plein-air, capturing the colours and scenes of the passing world of Cornwall. His paintings depict a wonderful light and atmosphere, capturing the characters of his figures.He would ride around the countryside on a grey horse with his easel strapped to his back and was a lively contributor to the social life of the artists in the colony. He played the cello and took part in theatrical performances. The leading London Galleries exhibited his works, including the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Academy.