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Arthur John Trevor Briscoe
The Archibald Russell.

1935

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The Archibald Russell. 1935. Pencil and watercolour on watercolour board. 20 7/8 x 28 5/8. Mat line from a previous mount; otherwise excellent condition. Signed and dated in ink, lower right; titled verso. Housed in a gold leaf frame 28 1/2 x 36-inch gold leaf frame. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Archibald Russell was one of the last great tall ships to be built in Britain. In 1905, she was built of steel by Scott Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Greenock. She was rigged as a four-masted barque carrying royals over double topgallant sails. Her first voyage was in 1906. In December 1923, she was sold to Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn and put on the Australian wheat trade. In 1941 she was detained by the British government. In March 1948 she was returned to Erikson but didn't go to sea. In 1949 she was scrapped. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arthur Briscoe was a painter in oil and watercolour and etcher of marine subjects. Educated at Shrewsbury School, Briscoe subsequently studied art at the Slade under Fred Brown and at the Académie Julian in Paris. Subsequently, he devoted his time sailing. Arthur Briscoe painted and wrote on yachting subjects including Handbook on Sailing under the nom de plume of Clove Hitch. Arthur Briscoe decided to become an artist after returning from a World trip with his father, a prominent Liverpool businessman. He studied at the Slade and the Académie Julian in Paris and, upon his return to London, Briscoe initially illustrated books with a strong Pre-Raphaelite influence. In 1899 he acquired a studio in Malden, Essex, and bought a 3 ton cutter which, with his young family, he would spend eight or nine months a year, sailing to Calais, along the Belgian coast and through the Dutch waterways, constantly sketching and painting in both oil and watercolor. In 1922, after a meeting with the etcher James McBey, Briscoe returned to etching once more producing plates of some of his sea sketches. The two artists sailed together in Briscoe's, forty-ton yacht, the "Golden Vanity." Briscoe produced 189 etchings dealing with the sea and the sailing ship. His works were eagerly sought after and purchased by collectors throughout the 1920s and 1930s. His work was always technically accurate and very evocative of the last years of square-rigged sailing ships. Briscoe left an invaluable historical record of the workings of the last great commercial vessels.

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