Born into an artists' colony in the far west
George Lloyd's father Will grew up in the bohemian artists' colony of St Ives, Cornwall, where he studied painting, wrote a book on Vincenzo Bellini, and was the Secretary of the pivotal St Ives Arts Club. He inherited a fortune, married young, then lost most of it. He and his wife Prim, and his mother Frances were at the heart of the musical and artistic community in St Ives in its Edwardian heyday. George Lloyd was born into that Romantic and artistic otherworld less than a year before the cataclysm of the First World war.