Rolling Along by Montague Dawson

  • Montague Dawson presents a dynamic maritime scene in this oil on canvas
  • He masterfully captures an historic clipper ship traversing the open sea
  • The dynamism of the work is enhanced by Dawson's eye for composition
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Montague Dawson
1895-1973 | British

Rolling Along

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

Montague Dawson demonstrates his skill for capturing the dynamism of the seas in this oil on canvas. Entitled Rolling Along, the work brings vividly to life a clipper ship 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 an unparalleled energy and vitality. The speed and grace of these historic ships are perfectly realized in the present work, enhanced by Dawson's mastery over composition. Depicted against the might of the ocean, the sailing vessel appears to rise up on the waves as it glides effortlessly through the water.

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.

Canvas: 24 3/8" high x 36 1/8" wide
Frame: 30 5/8" high x 42 5/8" wide
Rolling Along by Montague Dawson
Maker: Dawson, Montague
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Depth: 3.5 Inches
Width: 42.63 Inches
Height: 30.63 Inches
Canvas Width: 36.125 Inches
Canvas Height: 24.375 Inches

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