Ben Nicholson OM, '1943-45 (St Ives, Cornwall)' 1943-5

Ben Nicholson OM
1943-45 (St Ives, Cornwall) 1943-5
Oil and pencil on canvasboard
support: 406 x 502 mm frame: 440 x 535 x 65 mm
Purchased 1945© The Estate of Ben Nicholson. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2002

Experience St Ives from the artist’s perspective, and uncover the town’s heritage as an artists’ colony.

Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) was one of the most radical British artists of the twentieth century and has long been recognised as a leading exponent of the modern movement in Britain. Although best known for his abstract paintings and reliefs from the 1930s, Nicholson began his career as a figurative painter and developed a deep and enduring relationship with the English landscape. St Ives was a seminal influence on Nicholson’s art, and his home for 19 years. He and his wife Barbara Hepworth became key figures in the development of the artists’ colony in the town.

This multimedia walking tour takes you through St Ives, connecting places and spaces in and around the town to Nicholson, his work and his life. It features an audio commentary alongside visual material including archival photographs, letters and artworks by Nicholson and his contemporaries in St Ives.

Hire an iPod Touch from the gallery

£3 or free for those with admission tickets to Tate St Ives or Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Hire an iPod Touch and take the multimedia tour when you arrive at the gallery (limited availability). Please note that a security deposit will be required.

Subscribe and download for free

If you already have an iPod Touch, iPhone, or similar device, you can download the tour free of charge before your visit by following the links below.

Walking tour map of St Ives PDF, 213K

  1. Porthmeor Beach MP4, 9.8MB
  2. Wallis’ House MP4, 12.9MB
  3. Porthmeor Studios MP4, 14.2MB
  4. The Mariners Church MP4, 6.8MB
  5. Penwith Gallery MP4, 2.5MB
  6. Bethseda Place MP4, 8.2MB
  7. The Harbour MP4, 8.5MB
  8. St Ives Parish Church (St Eia) MP4, 2.4MB
  9. Trewyn Studio (The Barbara Hepworth Museum) MP4, 4.0MB
  10. Trezion, seen from Barnoon Terrace MP4, 10.2MB
  11. End of Barnoon Terrace - view of the top of Tate and the Island MP4, 8.4MB
  12. Wallis’ Grave MP4, 6.2MB

Tour credits

  • Writer: Stephen Mollett
  • Advisor/Consultant: Michael Bird
  • Voice: Sam Booth
  • Producer: Susan Lamb
  • Digital Producer: Douglas McFarlane

Supported by Tate St Ives Members