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Garnet Wolseley
(1884 — 1967)

Garnet Wolseley was a British painter. A descendant of John Ruskin, Wolseley was born in London in 1884. He studied at the School of Painting in Bushey from 1901, where he won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art. Following his traditional studies, Wolseley travelled to Newlyn, Cornwall in 1908 to work alongside several accomplished artists of the age.


He was a popular figure in the later artistic community of Newlyn, where he served on the committee of the Newlyn Society of Artists until 1913. It was there, in the artistic circles of Cornwall, that his friends and acquaintances encouraged his personal, impressionistic style and artistic career to develop considerably. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy, Wolseley’s work, which often focused on the landscape of Newlyn and the nearby Lamorna Valley, was appreciated widely throughout galleries in Britain. Wolseley served in the Navy between the years of 1914 to 1918, where he painted many watercolours of grand ships and aircraft whilst stationed abroad.


Following the war, he returned to London in 1919 where he found great acclaim working as one of the most fashionable portraitists in Chelsea. His desire to escape the crowds of London in order to paint landscapes and seascapes eventually nurtured a successful career as an archaeologist, writing many papers on the subject of Iron Age sites found near his home in Sussex. Later in his career, Wolseley moved to Snowdonia, Wales to concentrate his efforts on landscape painting once more. A short while later, after the death of his wife, Wolseley moved to Somerset, where he continued to paint beautiful scenes of life and nature until his death in 1967.