Pacific Combers

by Montague Dawson

£56,000 £47,600

Montague Dawson RMSA, FRSA (1890–1973) was a British painter who was renowned as a maritime artist. His most famous paintings depict sailing ships, usually clippers or warships of the 18th and 19th centuries. He paints with painstaking detail, capturing the foaming waves and wind-whipped sails with incredible likeness and majesty. Paired with evocative titles, his compositions are recognisable and uniquely captivating.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 20.1 x 30.1 ins/ 51.1 x 76.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 6232 Categories: , ,

Dawson exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, of which he became a member, from 1946 to 1964, and occasionally at the Royal Academy between 1917 and 1936. By the 1930s he was considered one of the greatest living marine artists, whose patrons included two American Presidents, Dwight D Eisenhower and Lyndon B Johnson, as well as the British Royal Family. Dawson is noted for the strict accuracy in the nautical detail of his paintings which often sell for six figures.

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Private Collection United States

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Biography

Born in Chiswick in London, much of his childhood was spent on Southampton Water where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. Whilst serving with the Navy in Falmouth he met Charles Napier Hemy (1841–1917), who considerably influenced his work. In 1924 Dawson was the official artist for an Expedition to the South Seas by the steam yacht St.George. During the expedition he provided illustrated reports to the Graphic magazine.

After the War, Dawson established himself as a professional marine artist, concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships often in stiff breeze or on high seas. During the Second World War, he was employed as a war artist and again worked for The Sphere. Dawson exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, of which he became a member, from 1946 to 1964, and occasionally at the Royal Academy between 1917 and 1936. By the 1930s he was considered one of the greatest living marine artists, whose patrons included two American Presidents, Dwight D Eisenhower and Lyndon B Johnson, as well as the British Royal Family. Also in the 1930s, he moved to Milford-Upon-Sea in Hampshire, living there for many years.

The work of Montague Dawson is represented in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth.

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