Mellon, Campbell Archibald

Archibald Campbell Mellon (1876-1955)

Campbell Mellon was born in Berkshire, in 1876 subsequently moving to Nottingham in 1903 to take a position as travelling salesman. It was at this time he took up painting.

After serving in the First World War, Mellon moved to a house overlooking Gorleston Harbour, Norfolk close to the home of the great impressionistic landscape painter Sir John Arnesby Brown who lived at nearby Haddiscoe. Mellon became a pupil of Arnesby Brown and they remained great friends for the rest of their lives.

Whilst Mellon shared an interest with Arnesby Brown in the vast skies and atmospheric conditions of East Anglia, it is for his scenes of the beaches below his studio window, packed with holiday makers, that Mellon is best known. Closely associated with Norfolk, he also painted landscapes, tranquil contemplative scenes of the marshes and broads and villages in East Anglia.

A near neighbour in Gorleston itself was Rowland Fisher (1885–1969) who also shared Mellon’s fascination with both harbour and beach.

Mellon was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Oil in 1938, and to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1939 and exhibited widely; he was Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Art Society.

He died at Gorleston in 1955.