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Fighting the Sea
circa 1880 - Ink sketch, 195 x 160mm, signed lower left; with manuscript caption at base, mounted and framed. This is the original drawing for the finished watercolour, A Tug Saving a Dismasted Smack at the Edge of Scroby Sands, Yarmouth, painted in 1885 for Sir Edward Cecil Guiness. Interestingly, this drawing was reproduced as an illustration in the catalogue of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1884. Until recent times the work was in the family of the artist Oswald Brierly, a leading marine painter who had studied naval architecture. Brierly learned his artistic skills at Henry Sass's Academy, a private drawing school in Bloomsbury "a preparatory school" for the Royal Academy and the British Institution, other students included Rossetti, Millais and Edward Lear. After a spell in Plymouth developing naval skills, Brierly sailed with several expeditions including the Rattlesnake voyage on a survey of the Barrier Reef, and with Benjamin Boyd on the Wanderer. He subsequently wrote, with Rev. John Milner, the narrative published as Cruise of the Galatea (London, 1869). In 1874 Brierly was made marine painter to Queen Victoria. A second Brierly sketch is attached to back of this one. 'Barges used to take out the stones during construction of the breakwater at Plymouth OWB'. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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