St Ives; with its dramatic surrounding coastline, its unique light (a product of the clear west facing waters and golden sand of its beaches), and its fishing community, has attracted artists for centuries. As early as May 1889 the Daily Telegraph suggested that Louis Grier and Julius Olsson were building up what one day might be recognised as the St Ives School of Painting and a year later the St Ives Arts Club was formed. In 1895, six years after the Telegraph’s prescient article, Olsson and Grier started to take on students, soon afterwards forming the Cornish School of Landscape, Figure and Sea Painting in St Ives. Grier was later replaced by Algernon Talmage but Olsson remained its driving force. Pupils included John Anthony Park, Mary McCrossan, Richard Hayley Lever and Robert Borlase Smart. Around this new generation of artists the original St Ives school, a contemporary of the Newlyn school, formed and flourished. The two colonies of artists maintained a healthy competitiveness, including an annual cricket match that alternated between the Penwith towns. Today St Ives artists such as Olsson and JA Park are acknowledged as leading British Impressionists.