October 31st Lionel Birch (Death)

Staffordshire – born Lionel Lea Townley Birch (1858 – 1930) moved to Newlyn with his wife, Constance Mary Birch, where they built their own home ‘La Pietra’ in Newlyn.   Townley worked as a tutor with the Forbes School of Painting run by Stanhope Forbes (November 18th) and Elizabeth Forbes (December 29th).

He became known for his paintings of dogs as demonstrated by the, 1890, painting of a King Charles Spaniel (pictured left).

The attention to detail of his oils on canvas are so precise that, at first glance, they almost appear photographic.
A committed Christian, Birch served as the Vicar’s Churchwarden at St Peter’s Church, Newlyn.

In later years, Lionel and Constance Birch moved to Whimple and then to Ottery St. Mary before leaving for Epsom where, Constance having pre-deceased him, he died in 1930, aged 71.



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