Kenneth Alington Yockney (1881-1965)
Portsmouth Harbour looking north, c.1950s
watercolour heightened with bodycolour
Framed and glazed
Overall size including frame: 47.8 x 64.7 cm
Kenneth Yockney was born in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1881 and was the son of Algernon Yockney (1843-1912), Fleet Paymaster of the Royal Navy and a talented painter himself, and Mildred Morris Arlington (1857-1955), daughter of the Rector of Stanhope, Lincolnshire.
Kenneth was raised at the family home on the Isle of Wight at Woodcliff in the village of St Lawrence, and studied art at the Slade School in London. He remained on the island for much of his life and recorded the many ships, of all sizes, in the surrounding waters. He was scornful of any publicity and sold his paintings locally and through the Portsmouth art dealer Percy Beer.