11 Works, Today, February 19th. is artist Ambroise Louis Garneray’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #050

Ambroise Louis Garneray (1783–1857)
Detail; le Furet cotre de l’État au service de Son Altesse Royale madame la duchesse de Berry quittant le port de Dieppe, c. 1827
Detail; The Ferret cutter of the State in the service of Her Royal Highness Madam the Duchess of Berry leaving the port of Dieppe, c. 182

Oil on canvas
Museum Château de Dieppe

Ambroise Louis Garneray (19 February 1783–11 September 1857) was a French corsair, a privateer or pirate, painter and writer. He served under Robert Surcouf and Jean-Marie Dutertre, and was held as prisoner-of-war by the British for eight years after being captured before being repatriated at the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars, continuing his career as a painter until his death in 1857…

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01 Marine Art, With Footnotes, #302. Waldo Peirce, Sirens of Searsport

Waldo Peirce, (American, 1884–1970)
Sirens of Searsport

Oil on canvas
22″ x 36″
Private collection

Searsport is an incorporated town and deep water seaport located at the confluence of the Penobscot River estuary and the Penobscot Bay. Searsport is Maine’s second largest deep water port and is ideally located from the point of view of railroad, wood products and other development interests. More on Searsport
Waldo Peirce (December 17, 1884 – March 8, 1970) was an American painter. He was sometimes called “the American Renoir”. 
Peirce was born in Bangor. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1903. He then attended Harvard University.
In 1915 he joined the American Field Service, an ambulance corps that served on the French battlefields, two years before the entry of the United States into World War I. He was later decorated with the Croix de Guerre by the French government for bravery at Verdun. 
He lived in Searsport, Maine. He died on March 8, 1970, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. More on Waldo Peirce

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Edmond-Marie Petitjean, BOATS AT THE HARBOR. 01 Marine Art, With Footnotes, #301

Edmond-Marie Petitjean, NEUFCHÂTEAU 1844 – 1925 PARIS
BOATS AT THE HARBOR

Oil on panel
27 x 21,3 cm ; 10 3/8 by 8 1/4 in.
Private collection

Edmond Marie Petitjean, 1844 – 1925, French, was born at Neufchâteau in the Vosges. His father, a lawyer, did not allow him to study art until he had completed courses at the Faculty of Law at Nancy. From that moment, he abandoned the law and was able to devote himself entirely to his artistic career. Success followed swiftly; his work was well received at the exhibition of the Lorraine Society of the Friends of Arts, and then, in 1873, he made a brilliant début at the salon in Paris.He was awarded an honorable mention in 1881, and a bronze medal in 1884; hors-concours, and a silver medal in 1885; a silver medal in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle, the Legion of Honor in 1892, and a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900; he was a member of the jury and of the Committee of the Artistes Français for many years.
Yet Edmond was never satisfied with his own work:“In my painting, I have searched passionately for perfections, delicacy, tenderness of expression and tone; and I feel that it will all crumble and become insipid in the Salon where, in order to elbow one’s way in, one most by violent.”
All those aspects of nature which Petitjean loved appear in his work. He could see the picturesque detail and transcribe it in full; sensitive to color, but wary of its violence. He loved the countryside, and his vision was essentially that of a country man, his inclinations leading him to the peace of rural surroundings.
Petitjean is perhaps best known for his depiction of the countryside and villages of Lorraine and Vendée. He did, however, find inspiration further afield – in the harbors of le Hâvre, Dunkerque, les Sables d’Olonne, Dieppe, Rotterdam, Bordeaux and the neighboring coastline. More on Edmond Marie Petitjean

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Georges Jules Victor Clairin; A Sunday by the sea; 01 Marine Art, With Footnotes, #300

Georges Jules Victor Clairin (French, 1843-1919)
Un dimanche en bord de mer/ A Sunday by the sea, c. 1888

Oil on canvas
90.8 x 131.5cm (35 3/4 x 51 3/4in)
Private collection

Georges Jules Victor Clairin (11 September 1843, Paris – Pouldu, Clohars-Carnoët 2 September 1919) was a French Oriental painter and illustrator. He was influenced by oriental painting and Moorish architecture, and visited North Africa many times, in particular Morocco and Egypt. In Paris he led the life of a socialite, and befriended the glamorous actress Sarah Bernhardt, his friend for 50 years, and is today best known for his ‘in costume’ and informal intimate portratits of her.
Clairin was apprenticed in the workshops of Isidore Pils and François-Édouard Picot. In 1861 he entered the École des beaux-arts de Paris, and in 1866 first displayed his work. He travelled to Spain with Henri Regnault and to Italy with François Flameng and Jean-Léon Gérôme. He met the Catalan painter Marià Fortuny in Morocco and they visited Tétouan together. In 1895, he travelled to Egypt with the composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
He is best known for his portraits of Sarah Bernhardt, with whom he had a long friendship and whom he depicted in costume for a number of her roles. More on Georges Clairin

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Attilio Pratella; Fishing boats on the Neapolitan coast; 01 Marine Art, With Footnotes, #299

Attilio Pratella, (Italian, 1856-1949)
Fishing boats on the Neapolitan coast

Oil on board
22.8 x 35cm (9 x 13 3/4in)
Private collection

Attilio Pratella (born 1856 in Lugo di Romagna, Italy; died 1949 in Naples, Italy) was an Italian painter. Pratella studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. He won a scholarship, so he went to Naples to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, where he spent the rest of his life.
His favourite subjects were Naples with its markets and animated waterfronts, along with the neighbouring hills of Vomero, the island of Capri and the coastline of Sorrento.
Pratella’s sons Fausto and Paolo, and his daughter Ada were also painters.
His works are exhibited in the main public Italian Modern Art Galleries of Milan, Naples, and Rome.
After Pratella’s death, a street in Naples and in Lugo di Romagna was named after him. More on Attilio Pratella

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Malcolm Cheape, IN HARBOUR; 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #297

Malcolm Cheape, (b. 1964)
CY341 IN HARBOUR
Watercolour
48cm x 66cm
Private collection

Malcolm Cheape was born in 1964. He is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee.

Malcolm Cheape’s primary subject matter is the contemporary and historical world of commercial, industrial and naval shipping. The Scottish east and west coast gives Malcolm the ideal background from which to capture the grace and character of commercial water-bound vessels. He is avid natural historian and through researching the archives of the British maritime museums, and investigating the history and design of boats gone by, Cheape’s art work attempts to mirror both past and present. 

Malcolm Cheap works primarily in ink and acrylic. His clever usage of collage – including Scottish poetry, financial records, engineering drawings, hydrological charts, and mythological iconography – makes his paintings truly unique. Relying on tonal effect, a limited range of colours and clever use of collage, his paintings are strikingly distinctive capturing the grace and beauty of the old sailing ships, the vigour and power of warships and the special charm of fishing boats working the Scottish waters.

In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Malcolm Cheape modern art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. His work is in many public collections including the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, the Perth Art Gallery, the McLean Collection in the Greennock Art Gallery, and in many private art collections around the world. More on Malcolm Cheape

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Hippolyte Arnoux, Steamship Queen Elizabeth on the Suez Canal, c.1880, 01 Marine Photograph, With Footnotes, #295

Hippolyte Arnoux, (active ca. 1860 – ca. 1890)
Steamship Queen Elizabeth on the Suez Canal, c.1880

Albumen photograph
8.375 x 10.75 in
Private collection

I could not find any information on this vessel!Hippolyte Arnoux (active ca. 1860 – ca. 1890) was a French photographer and publisher. He was one of the first photographers to produce images of Egypt and documented the Suez Canal project with extensive photographs and a publication. 
Very little is known about this photographer, other than that he was active in the Nile Valley from about 1869 through to at least 1890. 
By the 1850s, tourist travel to Egypt created strong demand for photographs as souvenirs. A small group of early photographers, mostly of French origin, made their way to Cairo and the Nile Valley to capitalise on this demand. 
During the 1860s, he documented the excavation of the Suez Canal and published the resulting photographs as Album du Canal de Suez. More on Hippolyte Arnoux

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Hippolyte Arnoux, Port Said & Suez Canal, 01 Marine Photograph, With Footnotes, #296

Hippolyte Arnoux, (active ca. 1860 – ca. 1890)
Port Said & Suez Canal, c. 1880

Albumen photograph
8 x 10.875 in.
Private collection

Hippolyte Arnoux (active ca. 1860 – ca. 1890) was a French photographer and publisher. He was one of the first photographers to produce images of Egypt and documented the Suez Canal project with extensive photographs and a publication. 
Very little is known about this photographer, other than that he was active in the Nile Valley from about 1869 through to at least 1890. 
By the 1850s, tourist travel to Egypt created strong demand for photographs as souvenirs. A small group of early photographers, mostly of French origin, made their way to Cairo and the Nile Valley to capitalise on this demand. 
During the 1860s, he documented the excavation of the Suez Canal and published the resulting photographs as Album du Canal de Suez. More on Hippolyte Arnoux

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Walter Elmer Schofield, Cornish Harbour, 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #294


Cornish Harbours
were once the centre of Cornwall’s pilchard fishing industry and the old cob and slate buildings bear testimony to a time when large shoals of pilchards were the livelihood of the whole village. More on Cornish HarboursWalter Elmer Schofield, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / 1869 – 1944), was born in Philadelphia in 1867. He attended Swathmore College and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, studying with Thomas Anshutz from 1889 to 1892. He then traveled to Paris where he studied at the Academie Julian from 1892 to 1895, and in 1903 he eventually settled, along with his wife Murielle Redmayne and their children, in Cornwall, England. Although he became an expatriate, Schofield was recognized an a part of the Pennsylvania Impressionist tradition. Familiar at an early age with the Bucks County region, Schofield visited often, usually from October through April, and painted rural scenes. He often visited his friend, Edward Redfield, and painted with him en plein-air, sharing a love of large canvases. A rivalry ended their friendship, however, when Schofield earned a Carnegie Institute medal for his “Center Bridge – Across the River” in 1904, a painting he put to canvas while in Cornwall. Redfield claimed the composition was initially his own concept and that Schofield stole it. It has been said that from that point on Schofield was never known to have painted in the Bucks County region again.
Schofield won many awards during his lifetime, including two gold medals from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, three awards from the National Academy of Design, and the National Arts Club among many others.
His work is in the permanent collections of some of the worlds most prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, James A. Michener Art Museum and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, among others. More on Walter Elmer Schofield

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Bateson Mason, Black Boat, 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #296

Frank Bateson Mason (1910 – 1977)  was born in Thackley, Bradford, and studied under Henry Butler at Bradford College of Art, 1927-32 and then, via a scholarship, at the Royal College of Art (RCA), 1932-5.  Mason’s work was singled out by William Rothenstein, a former principal of the RCA, when he paid a visit to Bradford, and it was due to Rothenstein’s encouragement that Frank applied to the Royal College to study.
In his first year at the Royal College, Mason gained the Free Studenship of the College, and in his second year won the Sir William Rothenstein Sketch Club Prize.  He also gained a continuation scholarship, allowing him to continue studying for a third year at the RCA.
Mason exhibited at the New English Art Club, the Storran Gallery,the Redfern Gallery, and at the Royal Academy. He travelled widely on the Continent and his paintings often depicted the scenes from his travels.

Examples are in the collections of the Beecroft Art Gallery, British Council, Government Art Collection, Hepworth Wakefield, Manchester City Galleries, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Southwark Art Collection (Cuming Museum) in London and with the Rochdale Arts and Heritage Service. More on Frank Bateson Mason

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Frans Van Bueren, Harbour scene 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #293

Frans Van Bueren (20th century) - Harbour scene
Frans Van Bueren, (20th century)
Harbour scene, c. 1954
Oil on canvas
58 cm x 48 cm // 50 cm x 40 cm
Private Collection

Alphonse van Beurden, Antwerp 1878-1962. Art painter, who lived and worked in Antwerp. Son of sculptor Alphonse van Beurden. Studied at the Academy of Antwerp with a strong preference for landscapes and forest scenes in the style of F. Courtens, yet he also painted Schelde scenes, harbor scenes and figures in interiors. His work can be found in museums in Antwerp and St. Niklaas. More on Alphonse van Beurden

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Eugène Boudin, Rouville, the port at high tide 01 Marine Painting – With Footnotes, #340

Eugène Boudin (1824-1898)
Eugène Boudin, (1824-1898)
Trouville, le port marée haute/ Trouville, the port at high tide, circa 1885-1890
Oil on panel
10 5/8 x 8 ½ in. (26.8 x 21.7 cm.)
Private collection

Trouville, in full Trouville-sur-Mer, is a seaside resort and port on the English Channel, northwestern France. It is situated where the Normandy Corniche drops to the right bank of the Touques estuary, opposite Deauville-les-Bains, with which community there have ferry and bridge links. Wooded hills above Trouville give way to a magnificent sandy beach and yield splendid views of the twin towns and the Côte Fleurie. Near the beach is a casino, with a theatre and a local history museum. The combined towns are among the most-frequented French resorts on the English Channel. More on Trouville

Eugène Louis Boudin; 12 July 1824 – 8 August 1898) was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores.

Born at Honfleur, Boudin was the son of a harbor pilot, and at age 10 the young boy worked on a steamboat that ran between Le Havre and Honfleur. In 1835 the family moved to Le Havre, where Boudin’s father opened a store for stationery and picture frames. Here the young Eugene worked, later opening his own small shop. In his shop, in which pictures were framed, Boudin came into contact with artists working in the area and exhibited in the shop their paintings. At the age of 22 he started painting full-time, and traveled to Paris the following year and then through Flanders. In 1850 he earned a scholarship that enabled him to move to Paris, although he often returned to paint in Normandy and, from 1855, made regular trips to Brittany.

In 1857/58 Boudin befriended the young Claude Monet, then only 18, and persuaded him to give up his teenage caricature drawings and to become a landscape painte. The two remained lifelong friends and Monet later paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence. Boudin joined Monet and his young friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1873, but never considered himself a radical or innovator.

Late in his life he returned to the south of France as a refuge from ill-health, and recognizing soon that the relief it could give him was almost spent, he returned to his home at Deauville, to die within sight of Channel waters and under the Channel skies he had painted so often. More on Eugène Louis Boudin

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Eugène Boudin, Etretat at low tide 01 Marine Painting – With Footnotes, #341

Eugène Boudin (1824-1898)2
Eugène Boudin, (1824-1898)
Etretat, marée basse/ Etretat at low tide, circa 1892-1894
Oil on canvas
16 ½ x 22 ½ in. (41.8 x 57 cm.)
Private collection

Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in Normandy in north-western France. It is a tourist and farming town.

Étretat is best known for its chalk cliffs of a complex stratigraphy of Turonian and Coniacian chalks. Some of the cliffs are as high as 90 metres (300 ft).

These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. They were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc. More on Étretat

Eugène Louis Boudin; 12 July 1824 – 8 August 1898) was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores.

Born at Honfleur, Boudin was the son of a harbor pilot, and at age 10 the young boy worked on a steamboat that ran between Le Havre and Honfleur. In 1835 the family moved to Le Havre, where Boudin’s father opened a store for stationery and picture frames. Here the young Eugene worked, later opening his own small shop. In his shop, in which pictures were framed, Boudin came into contact with artists working in the area and exhibited in the shop their paintings. At the age of 22 he started painting full-time, and traveled to Paris the following year and then through Flanders. In 1850 he earned a scholarship that enabled him to move to Paris, although he often returned to paint in Normandy and, from 1855, made regular trips to Brittany.

In 1857/58 Boudin befriended the young Claude Monet, then only 18, and persuaded him to give up his teenage caricature drawings and to become a landscape painte. The two remained lifelong friends and Monet later paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence. Boudin joined Monet and his young friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1873, but never considered himself a radical or innovator.

Late in his life he returned to the south of France as a refuge from ill-health, and recognizing soon that the relief it could give him was almost spent, he returned to his home at Deauville, to die within sight of Channel waters and under the Channel skies he had painted so often. More on Eugène Louis Boudin

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A. van Beurden Jr; Fishing boats in the harbor of Oostende 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #292

A. van Beurden Jr ( 1878 - 1962) - Fishing boats in the harbor of Oostende
A. van Beurden Jr ( 1878 – 1962)
Fishing boats in the harbor of Oostende, c. 1930
Oil painting on canvas on panel
40 x 30 cm
Private Collection

Oostende, in earlier times, was a small village built on the east-end (oost-einde) of an island (originally called Testerep) between the North Sea and a beach lake. Although small, the village rose to the status of “town” around 1265 when the inhabitants were allowed to hold a market and to build a market hall.

The major source of income for the inhabitants was fishing. The North Sea coastline has always been rather unstable and in 1395 the inhabitants decided to build a new Ostend behind large dikes and further away from the always-threatening sea. More on Oostende

Alphonse Van Beurden Jr. was the son of the sculptor Alphonse Van Beurden Sr. He was a pupil of the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp where he later became a professor.

He was a member of ‘Als ik kan’; an association of painters based in Antwerp ( Belgium ), active from 1883 to 1952. More on Alphonse Van Beurden Jr

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Charles Vermoskie; Brant Rock Massachusetts 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #291

Charles Vermoskie (American, 1905 1991)
Charles Vermoskie (American, 1905 – 1991)
Brant Rock Massachusetts
Oil on board
Size: 11 x 14 inches
Private Collection

Brant Rock is a village in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. It is a residential area that attracts tourists during the summer season because of its abundance of ocean beaches.

Brant Rock Beach is popular for its esplanade along Ocean Street and the stone jetty that allows beachgoers to venture out over the water.

Brant Rock and Ocean Bluff were originally inhabited by Native Americans, including members of the Wampanoag tribe of the Algonquian peoples. Native American artifacts have been found extensively in the area. The main road through the area, known today as Ocean Street, is a Native American road, likely very ancient. The area at the end of Brant Rock village, known as Blackman’s Point, was a Native American campground. More on Brant Rock

Charles Vermoskie was born March 6, 1905, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and deceased March 4, 1991 in Brockton, Massachusetts. Vermoskie served in the Army during WWII. He died of Congestive Heart Failure at the age of 85 years. His wife was Eleanor (Evangeline) Malinosky. According to Charles death certificate, his parents were from Lithuania. More on Charles Vermoskie

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Ken Howard, Harbour wall, Mousehole 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #290

Harbour wall, Mousehole
Ken Howard R.A. (British, born 1932)
Harbour wall, Mousehole
Oil on canvas board
25.5 x 30.5cm (10 1/16 x 12in).
Private Collection

Mousehole (pronounced “Mowzel”) is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque hamlets; a stunning collection of yellow-lichened houses, built from the local finely grained Lamorna granite, huddled together around the inner edge of the harbour – protected from the force of the sea coming across Mounts Bay by two sturdy breakwaters. More on Mousehole

Kenneth Howard OBE RA (born 26 December 1932) is an English artist and painter. He was President of the New English Art Club from 1998 to 2003.

Ken Howard was born in London. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art (1949–53) and the Royal College of Art (1955–58). In 1958 he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence. He spent his National Service in the Royal Marines (1953–55). In 1973 and 1978 he was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland, and 1973–80 worked in various locations, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Canada with the British Army. In 1983 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA). In 1998 he became President of the New English Art Club, a post he held until 2003. In 1991 he was elected a Royal Academician (RA).

He paints in a “traditional” manner, based on strong observation and a high degree of draughtsmanship combined with tonal precision. The depiction of light is a strong and recurrent element of his work. A notable theme is the nude model in his studio. Another theme is a city scene, such as Venice, with emphasis placed on the reflection of light from puddles after rain. He has said:

Howard was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours More on Ken Howard

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William Alexander Coulter, Ships at Dawn 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #289

Ships at Dawn
William Alexander Coulter (American/Irish, 1849-1936)
Ships at Dawn
Oil on board
7″h x 9.5″w
Private Collection

William A. Coulter, born William Alexander Coulter (March 7, 1849 – March 13, 1936), was an American painter of marine subjects. Coulter was a native of Glenariff, County Antrim, in what is today Northern Ireland. He became an apprentice seaman at the age of 13, and after seven years at sea, came to settle in San Francisco in 1869. In the late 1870s, he went to Europe to study with marine artists Vilhelm Melbye, François Musin, and J. C. Jacobsen. In 1896, he joined the art staff of the San Francisco Call. Between 1909 and 1920, he painted five 16-by-18-foot murals for the Assembly Room of the Merchants Exchange Building. Coulter resided in the San Francisco Bay Area until his death at the age of 87, in his Sausalito home. During the course of his life, his paintings chronicled the history of shipping and navigation in the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. More on WilliamAlexander Coulter

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René Marie Dujardin, The Shipyard 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #287

René Marie Dujardin (1913-2002) - The Shipyard
René Marie Dujardin, (1913-2002)
The Shipyard
Oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm
Private Collection

René Marie Dujardin, (1913-2002). Born in Antwerp, René-Marie Dujardin knew early attraction to the sailing world. At 6 years he travelled on the SS Garonne, then he traveled the seas and rivers aboard freighters or tankers to Mexico, Norway, the Persian Gulf  and Portugal.

René-Marie Dujardin took a course of painting at the Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

He had a long and distinguished career as an internationally renowned artist whose works have joined many collections both in Belgium and abroad. The Belgian government has many of his paintings.

Member of the Belgian Society of Painters of the Sea, he is also a co-founder of the “Vereniging der Schelde Antwerpse Schilders Haven-in”.

His workshop, located on the left bank of the Scheldt, overlooking the harbor of Antwerp and the river in which he feels the same attachment as he has to the Greek islands, where vists each year for long stays.

René-Marie Dujardin is one of the founding members of the new Association of Marine Belgian painters that enhances his talent and prestige. More

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John Allcot, Cutty Sark 01 Marine Painting, With Footnotes, #285

John Allcot (1888 - 1973)
John Allcot, (1888 – 1973)
Cutty Sark
Oil on board
29.5 x 34.5cm
Private collection

Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.

The opening of the Suez Canal (also in 1869) meant that steam ships now enjoyed a much shorter route to China, so Cutty Sark spent only a few years on the tea trade before turning to the trade in wool from Australia, where she held the record time to Britain for ten years. Improvements in steam technology meant that gradually steamships also came to dominate the longer sailing route to Australia and the ship was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co. in 1895, and renamed Ferreira. She continued as a cargo ship until purchased by retired sea captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922, who used her as a training ship. After his death, Cutty Sark was transferred to the Thames Nautical Training College, Greenhithe in 1938 where she became an auxiliary cadet training ship. By 1954 she was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich, London on public display. More on the Cutty Sark

 

John Charles Allcot (1888-1973), artist, was born in Liverpool, England, son of George Allcot, mariner. Educated at Arnot Street Board School, at the age of 14 John was apprenticed to Tillotson & Son Ltd, lithographers, and attended classes at the Liverpool Institute and School of Art. In 1906 he worked in the Mersey tugboats and next year sailed as a deck-boy in the barque, Invermark. He loved painting and would scrounge ship’s paint, sailcloth and handkerchiefs with which to depict the sea, ships and life on board.

Arriving in Sydney in 1909, Allcot signed on with the old clipper, Antiope. He worked in coastal, island and intercolonial vessels out of Sydney before giving up the sea in 1912. Supporting himself by painting theatre sets, he obtained commissions for ship paintings from Sydney photographers and toured the countryside, completing landscapes which he exhibited regularly with the Royal Art Society of New South Wales from 1920. About this time he formed an enduring friendship with Phyllis Zanker.

He gained widespread recognition in the 1920s with a series of oil paintings (on the founding of the Australian colonies) which were later acquired by the Australasian Pioneers’ Club. Other commissions followed. Allcot also worked as an illustrator and wrote articles about the sea for the Sydney Mail. In the 1940s he painted the seas for ship-models built by the sculptor Robert Klippel. Allcot’s painting of the Cutty Sark was presented to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954.

Painting to tried and tested conventions, with impeccable attention to detail, Allcot used water-colour and gouache, and oils. His work was prolific and romantic. At a time of great change in the shipping industry, he specialized in nostalgic views of sailing ships and steamers, and found an appreciative market of ship-owners, captains, crews and their families. More on John Charles Allcot

 

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James Webb, Fresh Breeze off Texel 01 Marine Art, With Footnotes, #298

Edward William Cooke
James Webb
Fresh Breeze off Texel, c.1874
Oil on panel
30 x 56 cm
Private collection

Billowing sea with sailing boats in the wind, in front of the Dutch North Sea island of Texel,

Texel is a municipality and an island in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. It is the largest and most populated island of the West Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea.

James R Webb (1825–1895) was a British painter specialising in marine views and landscapes. He lived all his life in Chelsea, London. He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy and the British Institute between 1850 and 1888, and many of his works still hang in London in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery. Other works are found in a large number of provincial galleries. Webb was a pupil of Clarkson Frederick Stanfield. His father Archibald Webb and his brother Byron Webb were also noted painters. More on James R Webb

 

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