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Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson
Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson
Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson
Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson
Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson
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Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson

  • Montague Dawson presents a dynamic maritime scene in this oil on canvas
  • He brilliantly captures the clipper ship Norman Court traversing the ocean waves
  • Today, Dawson is regarded as the premier marine painter of the 20th century
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Montague Dawson
1890-1973 | British

Onward - The Norman Court

Signed “Montague Dawson” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

The dynamism of the seas and the might of the clipper ships that brave their waters are captured with great accuracy and attention to detail in this monumental work by Montague Dawson. Here, the artist brings vividly to life the historic clipper ship Norman Court as it battles the waves on the open sea.. . .
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Montague Dawson
1890-1973 | British

Onward - The Norman Court

Signed “Montague Dawson” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

The dynamism of the seas and the might of the clipper ships that brave their waters are captured with great accuracy and attention to detail in this monumental work by Montague Dawson. Here, the artist brings vividly to life the historic clipper ship Norman Court as it battles the waves on the open sea. Dawson, arguably the most important maritime painter of his generation, possessed an incomparable talent for rendering ships at sea with unparalleled energy and vitality. The speed and grace of these historic ships is perfectly realized in the present work, enhanced by Dawson's mastery over composition and the large scale of the painting. 

Built and launched in 1869 by A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow, Norman Court was a composite clipper ship that traveled between the United Kingdom and East Asia under the command of Andrew Shewan and his son, also named Andrew Shewan. While returning from Java to Glasgow carrying sugar, Norman Court's career was cut short in March of 1883 when a powerful gale caused the ship to be wrecked on the rocks of Cymyran Bay, between the villages of Rhoscolyn and Rhosneigr in Wales. Dawson's immersive composition captures the ship at full sail and the height of her glory, battling the white-capped waves on a brilliant day at sea.

The son of a keen yachtsman and grandson of marine painter Henry Dawson, Montague Dawson spent much of his childhood on the Southampton Water, where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. Naturally gifted at drawing and painting, the self-taught Dawson became a member of an art studio group in Bedford Row, London. By the age of 15, he was working on posters and illustrations to earn a living. For a brief period around 1910, Dawson worked for a commercial art studio in London, but with the outbreak of World War I, he joined the Royal Navy. Dawson was present at the final surrender of the German Grand Fleet, and many of his illustrations depicting the event were published in The Sphere.

After the War, Dawson established himself as a professional marine artist, concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships. During the Second World War, he was employed as a war artist and again worked for The Sphere. Dawson exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Academy from 1917 to 1936. By the 1930s, he was considered the greatest living marine painter. His patrons included two American Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the British Royal Family.

Early 20th century

Canvas: 40 1/4" high x 50 3/8" wide
Frame: 46 1/2" high x 56 1/2" wide x 2" deep

Provenance:
Frost & Reed, Ltd., London
Private Collection (Acquired from the above, November 11, 1963, thence by descent)
Private Collection, Naples, Florida
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Onward - The Norman Court by Montague Dawson
Maker: Dawson, Montague
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0
Width: 56.5
Height: 46.5
Style: Academic
Canvas Width: 50.375
Canvas Height: 40.25
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