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Charles Pears (18731958)   BIOGRAPHY

Naval Encounter
Framed (ref: 5663)
Signed with monogram and dated 1915
oil on panel
 14 x 44 cm.


This panel likely to show the Battle of Dogger Bank (January 24 1915), which was considered a clear-cut British victory, with light British and heavy German casualties. Whilst it might equally show a smaller engagemen  the battleships steaming line astern and their destroyer escort suggests something large and formal.

Charles Pears (18731958)

Marine painter and lithographer, born at Pontefract, Yorkshire. Pears worked initially as a black-and-white artist for magazines from the late 189os, serving as a theatrical caricaturist for Pick-Me-Up. During World War I he was an Official War Artist for the Admiralty, a position he repeated during World War Il, and he gradually established a reputation as a sound marine painter with a strong sense of design. He was founder and first president of the RSMA and his work found its way into the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the Imperial War Museum. However, as a versatile draughtsman he also did many posters and illustrated Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1922, and the works of Charles Dickens. He wrote a number of books, such as From the Thames to the Seine, 1910, and South Coast Cruising from the Thames to Penzance, 1931. Exhibited widely, including RA, ROI and Fine Art Society. Lived at St Mawes, Cornwall.

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