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Laurence Dunn
Laurence Dunn, Drawing of Coastal Tramp 'SS Crosshands' (c.1925) Thames Estuary

c.1925

$238.77

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To see our other Modern British Art, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this Seller" - or send us a message if you cannot find the artist you want. Laurence Dunn (1910-2006) Drawing of Coastal Tramp, 'Crosshands' (c.1925) 3.5 x 9 cm Ink and bodycolour on paper Framed SS CROSSHANDS was built in 1918 for Cleeves Western Vallies Anthracite Collieries, Cardiff, belonged to the Irish shipper John Kelly 1925-1928, where one of its loads was the first 400 tons of railway equipment for Mullaghmore railway. It was purchased and renamed SEAVILLE in 1931 by Monks, J. Limited of Liverpool. After the war it was leased by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and sank in the Mersey Channel in 1951 following a collision in foggy weather with HOPPER NO 30 whilst on a passage to Liverpool from Douglas, Isle of Man. There was one casualty. Dunn's drawings of coastal tramps are early works, likely sketched from the side of the Thames estuary near his home. A well-published maritime artist and writer, The World Ship Society published the following obituary for the artist in 2006: DUNN, Laurence. [December 15 2006 — Lloyds List] Many readers will be saddened by the death of well-known marine artist and writer Laurence Dunn in his 97th year. A man of encyclopaedic knowledge, he began his lifelong love of ships in Brixham, where he meticulously recorded passing traffic with the exquisitely accurate line drawings which later became something of a trademark. While studying at London’s Central School of Art his work was noticed by the Southern Railway, which commissioned profiles of its fleet, and this in turn led to work for Orient Line, where he also designed the well-known corn-coloured hull, and later Thorneycroft, where he helped with shaping draft plans for a new royal yacht. During the second world was he worked for naval intelligence at the Admiralty, where his technique did much to improve recognition standards, and greatly expanded his shipping clientele, becoming personally known to many chairmen. As well as the shipping press he worked for mainstream publications such as Everybody’s, Sphere and the upmarket comic Eagle. Through his many contacts he enjoyed going to sea in a great variety of ships from aircraft carriers to colliers. Laurence wrote several books, starting with ship recognition titles which introduced new standards of layout, but his best known work was probably Passenger Liners, which was widely taken up by the travel trade. His love of Greece, where he was an early publicist of island cruising, let to involvement in reshaping various passenger liners beginning with Greek Line’s OLYMPIA. In later life he designed several sets of shipping stamps for the Crown Agents, produced photographic volumes on Thames and Mediterranean shipping and still found time to enjoy the passing Thames traffic. Our sympathies go to his wife Jennifer, who provided succour to the many ship lovers who beat a path to the welcoming door of their Gravesend home.

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  • Creator
    Laurence Dunn (1910 - 2006)
  • Creation Year
    c.1925
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.38 in. (3.5 cm)Width: 3.55 in. (9 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU79538567752

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