July 6th Annie Walke (Birth)


Annie Walke (1877 – 1965), born Anne Fearon in Surrey studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the London School of Art, in that time exhibiting at the Royal Academy and studying under Augustus John (January 4th), before studying in Dresden with her sister, Hilda Fearon (September 14th).  

Hilda moved to St. Ives in 1902 where she was joined by Annie.  Annie subsequently moved to Polruan where she established a studio and married Father Bernard Walke (June 25th) in 1911.  

In 1912, the Walkes moved to St. Hilary following Bernard’s appointment as Vicar. Annie became a member of the Newlyn School of art and the couple became close friends with Dame Laura Knight (July 7th), Harold Harvey (May 19th), Alethea Garstin (June 1st), Ernest Procter (October 21st) and Dod Procter (July 31st).

Annie Walke’s reputation led the Bishop of Truro to commission her to create a reredos for the Jesus Chapel at Truro Cathedral.  ‘Christ in the Cabbage Field’ which depicts Christ surrounded by scenes of typical everyday Cornish life. Annie Walke’s most notable works include Portrait of a gentleman in a Spanish cloak, which is of her husband.

Towards the end of her life, Annie Walke, as her husband always called her, also wrote two volumes of poetry.  Bernard was buried at St. Erth and when Annie died in 1965 she was buried alongside him.

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