Call of the Sea Exhibition - A Fresh Look at Britain's Marine Painters and Maritime Heritage (UK)





A new exhibition at St. Barbe Museum focuses on the work of two artists who capitalised on national pride and interest in a growing maritime empire to create the first truly British school of marine painting. Peter Monamy (1681 - 1749) and Charles Brooking (1723 - 1759) created timelessly evocative representation of Britain’s maritime power that combined atmospheric effect and accurately rendered ships.

Britain produced a whole series of superb marine painters during the 18th century but they have often been overlooked by the art establishment. This exhibition will feature forty paintings featuring many of the most important works by each artist and some of their contemporaries. It will include stunning examples of their work from the collections of the Tate and the National Maritime Museum plus paintings from private collections which are not normally accessible to the public.

Charles Brooking died young but his output during his brief career marks him out as perhaps Britain’s greatest marine artist with a deftness of touch in representing the maritime landscape and an understanding of sky and cloud patterns to rival Constable. Monamy provides a link with the Dutch style of painting which dominated the 17th century, but he went from humble beginnings as an apprentice sign painter to one of the capital’s best-known artists with a host of wealthy patrons...

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