Tordoff, Frederick – English/American Artist

Frederick Tordoff (born 1939)

A New Jersey-based artist, Fred Tordoff specializes in marine and sailing subjects.

Born and raised in a coastal town in England, Tordoff sketched local scenes and landmarks. While studying marine radio and electronics in Yorkshire, he began making paintings of ships in oils as an avocation. He would continue to pursue this dual career, traveling the world as a radio and electronics officer aboard ships and producing paintings of ships, [...] Click here to continue reading.


Smith, Joseph B. & Smith, William S. – American Artists – Marine, Father & Son

Joseph B. Smith (1798-1876) & William S. Smith (1821- ?)

A master of nautical ship portraits, Joseph B. Smith was born in New York City in 1798, and trained for the printing trade. His son and partner in many paintings, William S., was born in 1821.

Joseph’s earliest known work was a lithograph of his printing depicting the clipper ship Mechanic’s Own. His earliest known painting was the 1849 portrait of the Steamer Hartford [...] Click here to continue reading.


Silva, Francis Augustus

Francis Augustus Silva (1835 to 1886)

Silva began painting when he was apprenticed to a sign painter in his native New York. Despite receiving no formal art education, he launched his fine art career in 1865 and by 1868 was included in the National Academy of Design’s annual exhibition.

Although Fitz Hugh Lane and Martin Johnson Heade are often heralded as the leaders of the Luminist movement, Silva has come to be recognized as [...] Click here to continue reading.


Lane, Fitz Hugh (Henry) – American Artist

Fitz Hugh (Henry) Lane (1804 to 1865)

Fitz Henry Lane was one of the foremost American marine painters of the nineteenth century. He was born in 1804 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and spent much of his youth sketching the Cape Ann shore. He apprenticed with William S. Pendleton, the Boston lithography firm, in the early 1830′s, specializing in topographic views. In the 1840′s Lane probably saw the works of Robert Salmon and Washington Allston in [...] Click here to continue reading.


Norton, William Edward – American Artist

William Edward Norton (1843-1916)

William Edward Norton grew up in Boston, studied at the Lowell Institute and later with George Inness. He went to sea as a teenager (his family owned ships) and his experiences there led him to favor marine subjects throughout his career.

In 1868, Norton went to Paris to continue his studies, and eventually settled in London. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and at the Paris Salon. He returned [...] Click here to continue reading.


Lever, Richard Hayley – Australian/American Artist

Richard Hayley Lever (1876-1958)

Richard Hayley Lever best known as a Post-Impressionist of marine scenes, he was born in Australia, and moved to London in 1893. He settled at St. Ives in Cornwall in 1900, where he painted marine scenes. For the next ten years, the modified impressionist style he developed brought him much recognition in Europe. In 1911, New England painter Ernest Lawson persuaded him to emigrate to the United States and Lever [...] Click here to continue reading.


Jacobsen, Antonio Nicolo Gaspara – American Nautical Artist

Antonio Jacobsen

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1850, Antonio Nicolo Gaspara Jacobsen studied art at the Royal Academy of Design in Copenhagen and came to New York City in 1871 to avoid being drafted into the Franco-Prussian War.

To earn money, Jacobsen decorated safe doors for the Marvin Safe Company and began painting ship portraits for the Old Dominion Steamship Line. His reputation grew to the point that he was widely regarded as one [...] Click here to continue reading.


Gifford, Charles Henry – American Artist

Charles Henry Gifford (1839-1904)

The son of a Fairhaven, Massachusetts ship’s carpenter, Gifford worked as a shoemaker until 1862, when he enlisted in the Union Army. After fighting in the Civil War, Gifford returned to Fairhaven in 1865 and decided to take up painting. He established a studio in New Bedford in 1868 and, like his fellow Fairhavener, William Bradford, decided to focus his attention on the sea. Gifford showed considerable talent, not [...] Click here to continue reading.


Drew, Clement – American Marine Artist

Clement Drew (American, 1806 to 1889)

Clement Drew was a noted Massachusetts marine painter, figurehead carver, photographer, and art dealer.


Dougherty, Paul – American Artist

Paul Dougherty (1877-1947)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Paul Dougherty became a famous painter of dramatic marine scenes and desert landscapes although his family hoped he would become a lawyer.

Following his father who was an attorney, he graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1896 and New York Law School in 1898. But he changed professions to art and studied with Robert Henri and in Europe for five years from 1900 to 1905.

He [...] Click here to continue reading.


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