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The Days of Adventure - Montague Dawson

The Days of Adventure - Montague Dawson

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Gouttelette Print.
On paper: Image Size: 20 x 30 inches. Paper Size: 24 x 34 inches
On Canvas: Image 20 x 30 inches with 2 inch margins all round, varnished.

Born in Chiswick, West London, Montague Dawson became perhaps the greatest painter of the sea and sailing ships of the first part of the 20h century.

His original paintings are scarce and extremely expensive and many of the original 20th-century signed colour prints are now faded, lost or damaged.
His father and grandfather were both marine painters and this maritime background was reinforced when, early in his life, his family moved to Smugglers House on Southampton Water, on England's south coast. Dawson never went to art school but, around 1910, he joined a commercial art studio in London, working on posters and illustrations.

Joining the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the First World War, Dawson met Charles Napier Hemy who was to have a great influence on the young man's art.

Dawson had supplied illustrations to the Sphere magazine during the First World War and after the war set up as a painter and illustrator. He concentrated on historical subjects and sailing ships, usually under full sail on the deep ocean. He achieved great commercial success starting in the 1920s, showing at the Royal Academy from 1916 to 1936 and regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, of which he was a member.

Dawson moved to Milford-on-sea in Hampshire in the 1930's. In the Second World War, he illustrated events of the war for the Sphere and afterwards continued a painting career that was financially one of the most successful of the 20th century, dying in Sussex in 1973.

Each print is hand numbered, accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and is numbered to match the print. The editions are limited to 1880 copies. Other canvas sizes are available on request.

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