Geoffrey Garnier A.R.W.A., S.G.A. (1889 – 1970)
“The Sand Cart”
Aquatint. Signed & titled in the margin
Plate size 7 7/8” x 8 7/8” (200mm x 225mm
Overall mounted size 13 5/8” x 14 1/8” (345mm x 360mm) IMAGE
Geoffrey Garnier was the only Newlyn artist to devote himself entirely to the art of print making. After an early spell in Canada, where he prospected for gold, he returned to England where he studied at the Bushey School of Art and in 1913 at the Forbes School of Art at Newlyn in Cornwall. Friends in Cornwall included Lamorna Birch, Laura and Harold Knight, Charles and Ruth Simpson, Harold Harvey, his wife Gertrude and her sister Sophie Bodinnar, Frank Dobson the sculptor, Dod and Ernest Procter and A.J. Munnings and his wife Florence. Garnier’s wife Jill, painter in oil, also studied at the Forbes School. They married in 1917 while he was serving in the Navy. After the war they settled in Newlyn. They bought Orchard Cottage high above the harbor with glorious views across the bay to St. Michael’s Mount, building studios in the steeply sloping garden. Geoffrey’s prints gained international recognition. His work was illustrated in the Studio Magazine in 1924 and Revue du Vrai et du Beau published in Paris where “The Sand Cart” was illustrated, both containing an article with an appreciation of his work. He worked in dry-point, line engraving, etching, mezzotint and particularly aquatint, developing new processes and rediscovering old methods. His favourite subjects were the sailing ships of the great era of British sea power, Cornish landscapes and sporting scenes, charming studies of children at play and colourful oriental prints and views of Cornwall. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Royal West of England Academy, of which he was an Associate member, the Royal Society of British Artists Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool and the Society of Graphic Artists of which he was a Member. A book “Geoffrey and Jill Garnier, a Marriage of the Arts” by John Branfield was published in 2010.