Adrift by Alfred Hemy
Born 1859 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne England Died 1915 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne England
Ink and Wash on Paper
Painted this item Adrift by Alfred Hemy
Frame Size 15 .875 ins (404 mm) by 13 .25 ins (337 mm)
Image size 14.5 ins by (368 mm)11.875 ins (303 mm)
Alfred Joseph Athaltston Maricourt Hemy
Alfred followed his father and became a Composer, Teacher of Music and Musician
He Married Alice Gould Smith in 1880 and they had 7 children
His father was a Professor and Teacher of music in Newcastle. Alfred was the second youngest of 13 children.
His brother Bernard Benedict Hemy went on to be a known artist. His oldest brother
He was born to a musical family in Newcastle-on-Tyne and his two brothers, Thomas and Bernard, were also painters. He trained in the Government School of Design, Newcastle, followed by the Antwerp Academy and the studio of Baron Leys. He returned to London in the 1870s and in 1881 moved to the coastal town of Falmouth in Cornwall. He produced painted figure and landscapes, but is best known works are Pilchards (1897) and London River (1904) which are in the Tate collections.
John Singer Sargent painted a portrait (now in the Falmouth Art Gallery collection) of Hemy on a visit to Hemy’s Falmouth home, ‘Churchfield’, in 1905. The visit highlighted the importance of the circle of artists that surrounded the great marine artist in the town.
Hemy was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1898 and an Academician in 1910, he was also honoured as an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1890 and became a full member in 1897.
He died in Falmouth on 30 September 1917
An other brother Thomas Madawaska Hemy Painted for a living
This is a piece of history proving that music and art ran through the family