Perfect Calm
Perfect Calm


Perfect Calm

1898 United Kingdom

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£800 gbp
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Edgar Tarry Adams was born in Camberwell, London and studied at Denmark Hill Grammar School before training at the City of London Brewery. His father, Thomas Francis Adams, was a brewer’s clerk who purchased a brewery in Halstead, Essex in 1876. He took over his father’s business and settled in Halstead where he lived for the rest of his life. Adams was a wealthy man with very varied interests and pursuits. A keen yachtsman, he was fascinated by nautical matters, owning several yachts and assembling an impressive collection of navigational instruments, many of which are now in the collection of the National Maritime Museum. He also published several articles on shipping and scientific instruments. In 1900 he joined Cambridge University where he studied physics, geology and astronomy. He founded the Halstead Science and Art Club, was also captain of the local volunteer Fire Brigade, a Lieutenant in the RNVR, an Associate of the Institute of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. At the outbreak of Wold War I he was appointed Naval Recruiting Officer for Halstead and district.

Adams was an accomplished musician and painter and a dedicated amateur photographer, a pursuit he took up in the 1880s and carried on until after World War I, creating a fascinating social record of his family, friends and interests. He became a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club (1899-1902) where he exhibited a number of paintings of marine and coastal subjects.
Height 15.00 inch (38.10 cm)
Width 30.50 inch (77.47 cm)
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated '98
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