Hemy, Charles Napier RA RWS (1841-1917)

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Charles Napier Hemy was the first Falmouth artist to be elected a Royal Academician, and was the finest marine artist of his generation.

He was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, lived in London from 1870-1881, then settled in Falmouth, where he had a boat fitted out as a studio, where he could observe the sea at first hand and make numerous studies of wave movement and shipping.

He built and lived at Churchfield (now the Athenaeum Club). He was mentor to Sir Frank Brangwyn, John Riley Wilmer and Montague Dawson.