From 1889 he regularly visited Cornwall and came under the influence of Stanhope Forbes, the founder of the Newlyn School of Art. These artists, included the brilliant pre Raphalite artist Thomas Cooper Gotchin and Norman Garstin were drawn to Newlyn because of the bright light and the relaxed atmosphere.
By 1892, Birch had moved to Cornwall, settling in the Lamorna Valley and adopted the name ‘Lamorna’ in 1895 on the suggestion of Stanhope Forbes to distinguish himself from fellow Newlyn artist Lionel Birch.
Birch was a self-taught artist who was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1924 and was made a full Royal Academician eight years later. He exhibited over two hundred works at the Royal Academy. In 1947, the people of Cornwall presented two paintings by Birch to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of their marriage.
Lamorna Birch died in 1955, his obituary in the Times said:
“Birch, who was an athletic bearded man, looking very much younger than his years with the bright eyes and eager manner of a terrier, was the best of companions in any grade of society.”
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