9 – Henry Tanworth Wells

Henry Tanworth Wells - Quarrymen of Purbeck

Panel 9 Henry Tanworth Wells (1828 – 1903)
A prosperous portrait painter of distinguished Victorians, he married a gifted artist, Joanna Boyce, and became part of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of John Ruskin, Ford Madox Brown and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. His daughter Alice married Arthur, the son of the architect
G.E.Street, who designed the church of St. James in nearby Kingston (built 1873-80). (Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London)

The Henry Tanworth Wells Art Panel ‘The Quarrymen of Purbeck’ is now completed, it was sponsored by John & Sarah Wootton of Tom’s Field Campsite. The Painting is in the collection of the Guild Hall Art Gallery, they have kindly let us reproduce it, the self portrait is from the National Portrait gallery. Jeremy Paul has writen the biography, it has been a challenge to find the connection to Purbeck Quarrymen by this Victorian Society Portrail Painter! It was Treveleven Haysom who found the link. Apparently the daughter of Henry Tanworth Wells, Alice, married the son of the architect, George Edmund Street, who designed the church of St. James in Kingston. Treveleven also brought the whole picture to life by describing the characters and exactly what was happening so I have included this on the panel. It is to be placed at the Burngate Stone Centre with the approval of the National Trust and The Keystone Project. We will organise a working party to build the plinth with the stone kindly donated by Keates Quarry.