Gilpin, William A. – Scrimshaw Artist

William A. Gilpin

William Gilpin and the Jack Tar tooth were discussed in the December 2008 issue of the Maine Antique Digest by Stuart Frank, senior curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He called the Ceres tooth with the figure of Jack Tar not only one of the best and most important works of scrimshaw to have emerged in a decade, but also a key to the identity of an entire highly regarded [...] 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.

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Dawson, Montague – American Artist

Montague Dawson, RSMA, FRSA (1895-1973)

The enduring appeal of Montague Dawson’s paintings has assured his position in major museums and private collections. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, commissioned him to paint the Royal Yacht Britannia, and his work is included in several Presidential collections beginning with Eisenhower. His place as the greatest marine painter has remained unchallenged.

Dawson was born in Chiswick, London in 1895 but moved as a youngster with his family to Smugglers’ [...] Click here to continue reading.

Cahoon, Charles Drew – American Artist

Charles Drew Cahoon (1861-1951)

Charles D. Cahoon was born in 1861 in Harwich, Massachusetts, the son of a sea captain and amateur artist. His vast body of work spans three decades and includes between 2,500 and 3,000 paintings mostly Cape Cod landscapes and seascapes. Cahoon died in 1951 in Harwich, Massachusetts.

Buttersworth, James Edward – British/American Marine Artits

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)

James Edward Buttersworth was known for marine paintings from subjects he observed in the waters off New York. His career spanned sixty years and was dedicated to portraits of all types of ships at sea such as racing clipper ships, steamers, and yachts. He was born into a family of English marine painters in Middlesex County, England, and was schooled in the tradition of English marine painting.

Between 1845 [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bricher, Alfred Thompson – American Artist

Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837 to 1908)

Alfred T. Bricher was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 10, 1837. He took art lessons at Lowell Institute in Boston from 1851 to 1858.

By 1856, his work focused on landscapes, particularly coastal landscapes. He spent time painting in New Hampshire with Albert Bierstadt, William Morris Hunt, and others. From 1858-1868, he maintained a studio in Boston and there familiarized himself with the work of Fitz [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bailey, T. – Morris Hambro pseudonym

T. Bailey & Morris Hambro

T. Bailey was a fictitious marine painter. Numerous paintings bearing this signature emerged from Boston and Winthrop, Massachusetts between 1910 and 1938. T. Bailey was a pseudonym invented by Morris Hambro (1860 to 1938), a London-born sign-painter and salesman who came to the U.S. in 1865 and began peddling the Bailey paintings after 1910. The typical work showed a tall ship on the high seas , its sails unfurled. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Yorke, William Gay – British/American Marine Artist

William Gay Yorke (British/American, 1817 to 1892)

William Gay Yorke and his son William Howard Yorke (1847 to 1921) both lived and worked as artists in Liverpool. By 1871, William G. Yorke had immigrated to New York, and this was reflected in many of his subsequent paintings and backgrounds. His biographies indicate he painted a substantial number of yachting scenes from the New York region.

Information courtesy of Skinner, Inc., February 2003.

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