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On the Wings of the Wind

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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Robert Morton Nance was a writer and major exponent of the Cornish language as well as a painter and came from a large Cornish family. Though he was born in South Wales, he spent much of his boyhood in St Ives learning about sailing ships from his grandfather. He studied for a while at Cardiff Art School, as well as drawing in St Ives and in 1895 had three paintings shown at the Royal Academy. He also illustrated several maritime books for schools, such as 'Britain's Sea Story' published in 1905. In the following year he settled at Nancledra and began to establish a reputation as a multi-talented Cornish Renaissance man, writing, weaving and painting. In 1914 he moved to Carbis Bay, and as his love of the Cornish language deepened, so his interest in painting began to wane.

Royal Cornwall Museum



On the Wings of the Wind


oil on canvas


H 92 x W 153 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 1000.48

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