Mist at Kynance Cove by Claude Montague Hart
Born. 1870, Landwednack, The Lizard, Cornwall Died. 06 Nov 1952 The Lizard, Cornwall
Frame Size 26.25 ins (666 mm) by 12.5 ins (317 mm)
Image Size 20.25 ins (513 mm) by 6.25 ins (158 mm)
Born 1869 The Lizard Cornwall, Died 1952 The Lizard Cornwall
Claude was born to Thomas Hart well known Cornish artist and his Wife Louise at “Polbrean” on the Lizard.
Tutored by his father and sold paintings from an early age including this watercolour Crane Ledges and Lizard Point from Pentreath Beach by Claude Montague Hart.
At about 18 years of age he enrolled in The Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium. Vincent Van Gogh was there in 1885/86 and a large number of prominent artists past through their doors.
On leaving, Claude returned to Cornwall and with his father traveled widely, showing paintings and organizing selling exhibitions. Claude earned a good living as an Artist all his life.Including painting this watercolour Mist at Kynance Cove by Claude Montague Hart
He had his own studio about 500 yards from the family house, on the side of the cliff Path.
In the early 1920’s the Great Western Railway contacted Claude to produce 17 paintings for a good quality brochure to promote the “Cornish Riviera”, to Hotels and Clubs in England.
Later in life he spent his time on public works and photography. He died on the Lizard in 1952
Kynance Cove and the surrounding coast are owned and managed by the National Trust. It is part of the West Lizard Site of Special Scientific Interest and is in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Kynance Café, which opened for business in 1929, relied on spring water and on a generator for power. became the property of the National Trust in 1999, they provided mains water and electricity. Access is via the South-west coastal footpath from the nearby National Trust car park.