Samuel John Birch was a leading figure in the second generation of the Newlyn School and was so taken with the Lamorna valley and cove that he took its name as his own.
Birch began is love affair with West Cornwall in the late 1880’s and settled in the Lamorna Valley in 1892. In 1895 he adopted the name ‘Lamorna’ to distinguish himself from fellow artist Lionel Birch, this was an idea suggested to him by Stanhope Forbes. Lamorna Birch is regarded as the father figure of the later group of Newlyn artists, which included Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings and Frank Gascoigne Heath.
Lamorna provided Birch with a never ending range of landscape subjects set against the bright light of this relaxed atmospheric fishing village.
He was made a full Royal Academician in 1932 and in his distinguished career he exhibited over 200 works at the RA.