Henry Meynell Rheam (1859 -1920)
Henry Meynell Rheam, sometimes known as Harry, was born on 13th January 1859 and brought up in Birkenhead, then Cheshire and was the first cousin of Henry Scott Tuke (1858 - 1929).
He studied art in Germany as well as at Heatherly's, London and in Paris at Julian's Atelier. Around 1890, he went from Paris to Polperro, Cornwall, in his cousin's native county. Here he painted landscape and figurative subjects with the main theme of costumed figures in landscape working primarily in watercolour. A staunch Quaker his paintings were mainly in a romantic late Pre-Raphaelite style although he also undertook typical Newlyn scenes.
Figures on a Harbour Wall was created by the artist as an exhibition piece to show his skill. He exhibited ten paintings at the Royal Academy and three works at the 'New Watercolour Society,' which later became the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, of which Rheam was a member from 1895. At the 1895 opening of the Newlyn Art Gallery, a reviewer commented " Among the watercolour men who choose figure subjects Mr. Rheam is conspicuous; his "Belle Dame Sans Merci" is a complete realisation of the heroine of Keat's poem as any artist is ever likely to give us." At the "Sketch Exhibition" that same year, Rheam showed seven pieces of work and sold them all, the best seller of the show.
Rheam lived at Newlyn with his wife, Alice Elliot. He also lived at Lamorna Cove and was a good friend to Lamorne Birch (1869 -1955) and his wife, whose watercolour portrait he painted.
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