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On Paul Hill

Photo credit: Penlee House Gallery & Museum

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Stanhope Forbes lost his first wife, Elizabeth, to cancer in 1912 and their only child Alec was killed in World War I three years later. However, this painting is full of optimism, with the next generation basking in Cornish sunshine, but in the far distance the Cenotaph (completed the year this was painted) shines like a beacon to remember those lost to save such an idyll.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum





oil on canvas


H 89 x W 119 cm

Accession number

PEZPH : 2006.26

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of Penlee House, Penzance Town Council and the National Art Collections Fund, 2006

Work type


Normally on display at

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE England

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