Alfred Wallis

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Date of Birth August 18, 1855
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Aug 29, 1942 (87)
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Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis was a Cornish fisherman and artist.

Born: August 18, 1855, Devonport, Devon, England
Died: August 29, 1942, Madron workhouse, near Penzance, Cornwall
Resting place: Barnoon cemetery, St Ives
Occupation: Fisherman, Marine stores dealer, Artist
Style: Naïve
Home town: Penzance, St Ives
Spouse(s): Susan Ward
Parent(s): Charles and Jane Wallis

About Alfred Wallis

English artist whose nautical paintings reflect his Cornish seafaring roots. His works, often classified as Naive (technically and thematically simple) art, are collected at the Tate St Ives gallery in Cornwall, England.

Before Fame

He worked as a sailor and fisherman, traveling the seas between Penzance, England and Newfoundland, Canada.


He painted many of his works on canvases made from cardboard boxes.

Family Life

He married Susan Ward, a woman twenty-one years his senior, in 1876. He and his brother were the Devonport-born children of Jane and Charles Wallis.


He and French painter Henri Rousseau both became known for their works of Naive art.

Information related to Alfred Wallis

  • St Ives artists
  • British marine artists
  • Burials in Cornwall
  • Naïve painters
  • Landscape artists
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