Atmospheric watercolour by Arthur Briscoe of a Sailing Ship in Heavy Seas


Arthur John Trevor Briscoe RSMA RI RE (1873-1943)

Watercolour, signed, titled and dated 1935
Framed & glazed
Overall size including frame: 60.3 x 76.3 cm

Clewlines and buntlines are lines used to handle the sails of a square-rigged ship. Clewlines are attached to the outer corners, or clews, of the sail and lift more weight than buntlines which lift the middle portion of the sail.

Arthur Briscoe was born in Birkenhead on 25th February 1873. He was educated at Shewsbury School and studied art at the Slade School and at Academie Julian in Paris. In 1899 he acquired a studio in Malden, Essex, and bought a 3 ton cutter which, with his young family, he would spend much time sailing along the French and Belgian coasts and through the Dutch waterways.

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