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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, {i 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 {i Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour }in{i }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 {i Rattlesnake }voyage on a survey of the Barrier Reef, and with Benjamin Boyd on the {i Wanderer.} He subsequently wrote, with Rev. John Milner, the narrative published as {i 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. {i 'Barges used to take out the stones during construction of the breakwater at Plymouth OWB'}.
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