The Fairy Dell Dream of the Great Henry Rheam

Above: Henry Meynell Rheam “The Fairy Dell”

English painter Henry Meynell Rheam was born in Birkenhead on Merseyside on 13 January 1859.  He studied in Germany; London at Heatherly’s; and at the Académie Julian in Paris, working primarily in watercolour before settling in Newlyn.

  • Rheam is known for his pre-Raphaelite paintings, as well as being a staunch Quaker and first cousin of Henry Scott Tuke.
  • He first settled in Polperro, but moved to St Peters, Newlyn in 1890 at the age of 31.
  • From 1897 Rheam became the Honorary Secretary/Curator of the Newlyn Society of Artists; a post he continued loyally in for over 20 years.

By 1900, he married Alice Elliott and the couple lived at Boase Castle Lodge, Belle Vue, Newlyn; later moving to West Lodge in Alverton, Penzance in 1914, where he lived out his remaining years, until his death on 14 November 1920.

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