Fishermen at Dawn

George, Snr Chambers (1803 - 1840)

Pencil and chalk on paper

  • About the artist
    George Chambers senior was born at Whitby, the son of a sailor. To support his family, he shipped aboard an uncle's Humber keel, aged ten. At twelve, he took an apprenticeship on a brig under Captain Storr, who recognised his talent for painting and released him. He became a house and ship painter in Whitby but also made ship portraits for captains and took lessons from a local drawing master. In c.1820 he settled in London, painting ships and scenery for the Pavilion Theatre. In 1830 he was commissioned by William IV to paint four pictures. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1836. Chambers travelled to Holland twice and, in 1840, to Madeira to recuperate from illness, dying shortly after his return.
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  • Details
    Title
    Fishermen at Dawn
    Date
    Medium
    Pencil and chalk on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 33.00 cm, width: 54.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
    Provenance
    Collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963) and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1952; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
    GAC number
    1569