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Clarence Bicknell (1842-1918) was a man of letters, an artist, author, traveller, botanist, archaeologist, pastor, humanist and Esperantist. Born in London, Clarence was the 13th child of Elhanan Bicknell, whale oil magnate and art patron; after studying at Cambridge University he became an Anglican priest, and from 1879 lived in Bordighera on the Italian coast between Menton and Genoa; he died at his summer home nearby in Casterino in the high mountains of the Franco-Italian border on 17th July 1918.

Wtrailer video linkelcome to www.clarencebicknell.com, the web site launched in July 2013 as a commemoration of Clarence's life and work, and as home to the Clarence Bicknell Association. Outside Bordighera, Clarence might be the forgotten genius of 19th century science, arts and crafts. Our activities aim to put that right, i.e. make him known to a wider public across France, Italy, the UK and worldwide.

Click on the film box, left to see the 18-minute film on Clarence Bicknell.

Give now. The 2018 Clarence Bicknell Centenary Fund, in cooperation with the International Institute of Ligurian Studies is now open for donations. If you would like to give now then click on the donate button below or go to the page on this site which has more details. Please also inform any friends who you think might like to donate.

The Marvels of Clarence Bicknell - the film. The 18 minute documentary biopic of Clarence Bicknell, in the evocative visual style of French director Rémy Masséglia, was released at selective screenings in September/October 2016 (see the list on this site at >Association > Events or here). Watch the film in HD 1080 here now by clicking on this link. Use a big computer screen or smart TV and make sure the audio is turned up...clarence bicknell movie poster 2016


The French, Italian and the Esperanto versions are similarly available on www.vimeo.com/clarencebicknell. You can find out more about the film on the FAQ sheet, in English here, version en français, in our newsletter, in the text of the screenplay of the film and in the story of the making of the film.

Order merchandising themed to the film by downloading the order form.

We are preparing exhibitions, screenings, seminars and other events for the 2018 centenary of Clarence's death, with Saturday 21 July already earmarked for the Museo Bicknell in Bordighera. We have yet to secure a publishing deal for the biography of Clarence Bicknell, so if you know a publisher keen to take it on then please put us in touch.

The Centenary exhibition calendar is presently as follows:

London (Tottenham), small participation in Travellers of Liguria 15-22 September 2017
Bordighera, Parmurelu d'Oru Award at the Anglicana, 7-12 October 2017
Genoa, Galata - Museo del Mare, small participation in Travellers of Liguria 9 Nov 2017 - 7 Jan 2018.
Bordighera, Museo Bicknell (summer 2018, dates to be advised)
Bordighera, Museo Bicknell, Settimana Bicknelliana 14-22 July 2017
Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum (Nov 2018 – Apr 2019)
Cambridge, Trinity College, Wren Library,  (October 2018 to be confirmed)
Genoa, Palazzo Reale (spring 2018, to be confirmed)  
London, Artworkers’ Guild (to be confirmed)
Monaco, Jardin Exotique (September-November 2018)
Monaco, Musée d’Anthropologie (September-November 2018)
Nice, Musée des Beaux-Arts  (to be confirmed)
Tende, Musée des Merveilles (Apr-Nov 2018)
Ventimiglia, Museo Rossi (summer 2018, dates to be advised)

Interviews with Marcus Bicknell and Clarence's biographer Valerie Lester on Riviera TV, March 2017; click on the following link:


This website provides

  1. information for researchers and a place to share the results of research,clarence
  2. more on Clarence and his talents for those discovering him,
  3. details of the Clarence Bicknell Association and how to join, and
  4. plans for celebrating the centenary of his death in 2018, including a definitive book on Clarence, a travelling exhibition, a botanical art prize, lectures in many countries &c.This website was conceived in spring 2013 by Marcus Bicknell, Clarence’s great-great-nephew and finished with the help of family and friends plus web authors Rémy and Zelda of Lez'Art Creation in Breil, just a few miles from the Vallée des Merveilles. There's more about the web site in the news blog. It gives some insight into Clarence the man, his life and works; you’ll find some images out of the family collection that have not been published anywhere before. It also gives information about the Clarence Bicknell Association and how you can join (click on >Association, >Membership above). The minutes of the first General Meeting, the names of the elected officers and their bios are all available as a download on the Who We Are page. We would be delighted to fb icon 325x325get your feedback via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Forum on this site for which you will need to be a member. And... see us on Facebook

 updated 1 June 2017 MB