Montague J Dawson (1895-1973), ‘Valetta Harbour’

Origin

England

Dates

1940

Dimensions

H  14.00 inch (35.56 cm)   W  22.00 inch (55.88 cm)  

Dimensions
H  14.00 inch (35.56 cm)  
W  22.00 inch (55.88 cm)  

Description

Montague J Dawson (1895-1973), ‘Valetta Harbour’, oil on board, painted in a grisaille palette with a British Hunt Class Type II destroyer in Valetta Harbour, Malta, signed ‘Montague Dawson’, English, 1940.

Footnote: Montague Dawson RMSA, FRSA (1890–1973) was the son of a keen yachtsman and the grandson of the marine painter Henry Dawson (1811–1878. He served in the Dazzle Painting Section at Leith and in 1924 in WWI and was the official artist for an Expedition to the South Seas by the steam yacht St.George. He was present at the final surrender of the German High Seas Fleet and many of his illustrations depicting the event were published in the Sphere. 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 WWII he was once again employed as a war artist and again worked for The Sphere. He 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.

Condition

Excellent

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