Robert McVittie, Canadian, (1935 – 2002)
At the Dock
Oil on canvas
20 x 36 in. (50.8 x 91.4 cm)
Robert McVittie ( August 1, 1935 – 2002 ) Born in England, McVittie trained for a naval career at the Thames Nautical Training College, and worked in the Merchant Navy before moving to Canada in 1957. He worked in mining and construction in Northern Ontario and British Columbia before moving to Vancouver, in 1964. Working in oil, he painted in the manner of Montague Dawson and his subject matter includes all types of shipping from early sailing vessels to fishing boats and modern ships. His renderings are accurate based on specific shipbuilding plans. He travelled to the Canadian Arctic and was knowledgeable about the marine history of the Northwest Territories.
McVittie was first engaged to sail aboard Canadian Navy ships in 1985 during the navy’s 75th Anniversary. In 1991, he was designated as the official war artist by Canada’s Department of National Defense and sailed with the “Operation Friction” Naval Task Group to the first Gulf War. He recorded the Navy’s operations through a series of paintings which are housed in The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Canada. His paintings are in many collections throughout the world and in many Canadian Museums. More on Robert McVittie
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