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THE WILD RANGER OF BOSTON
MONTAGUE DAWSON F.R.S.A., R.S.M.A.
1895 – 1973 Signed
Oil on canvas 28 x 42 ½ inches
Framed size 33 ½ x 47 ¾ inches
Montague Dawson was born in Chiswick London. He was the son of Henry Thomas Dawson (who was once a sea captain) but became a very fine marine painter and the grandson of Henry Dawson the 19th Century artist. The family moved to Southampton and lived in a Smugglers House where the young Montague had every opportunity to indulge an interest in ships. Although he never went to art school he inherited flair for painting and in about 1910 returned to London and joined a commercial art studio in Bedford Row where he worked on posters and illustrations.
At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Royal Navy and it was as a naval officer in Falmouth that he met Napier Hemy (another sea painter) who had a powerful influence on Dawson’s work. During this time too, he supplied illustrations for publications in the Sphere,
which were normally in monochrome.
After the war Dawson set up as a painter and illustrator, concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships, usually in a stiff breeze and a high sea.
It was in the 1920’s that Dawson became contracted to Messrs. Frost & Reed, the art dealers, who from that time handled his whole output and reproduction rights. With them he became king of the
From the early 1930’s he lived at Milford-on-sea in Hampshire and he exhibited occasionally at the Royal Academy between 1917 and 1936.
During the Second World War Dawson again worked the Sphere, supplying them with highly atmospheric pictures of events of the war.
He exhibited regularly at the Society of Marine Artists’ exhibitions between 1946 & 1964 and was an elected member. He also was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Montague Dawson died in Midhurst, West Sussex on 21st May 1973.
Today he is one of the most internationally collected marine artists.
Works in Museums: National Maritime Museum Greenwich; Mariners Museum Newport News;
Mystic Seaport Museum; Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth.
Bibl: Dictionary of Sea Painters -E.H.H. Archibald
20th Century British Marine Painting – Denys Brook-Hart
Provenance: Collection of Miss Ellen Cooper-Dean, Bournemouth
Estate of the Late Miss Sylvia Bowditch
|Height||28.00 inch||(71.12 cm)|
|Width||42.50 inch||(107.95 cm)|
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