Julius Olsson, RA (1864-1942) Olsson was one of the greatest marine painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and a major figure in the early years of the St Ives artists’ colony. He was born in London to a Swedish father and English mother, travelled widely in Europe as a young man, before settling in St Ives in the 1890s. He achieved success rapidly, showing regularly at the Royal Academy, and winning gold medals twice at the Paris Salon. He founded the St Ives School of Landscape and Marine Painting on the Porthmeor Studios, overseeing their conversion from fishing lofts. This rare watercolour dates from before he moved back to London in 1911 and shows a landscape of Porthmeor Beach in St Ives - the same beach the Tate St Ives looks over today.