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Arthur Briscoe (1873-1943) was an etcher and painter of marine subjects. Educated at Shrewsbury School, he studied art at the Slade School under Fred Brown and at the Académie Julian in Paris and then spent his time sailing. Briscoe painted and wrote on yachting subjects including Handbook on Sailing under the pseudonym of Clove Hitch. Briscoe portrayed not just sailing vessels and the sea itself but, in particular, he delighted in portraying seafaring men at work.
Briscoe's original prints are now generally acknowledged as the finest marine etchings of the 20th century, as they display both the artist's intimate knowledge of the sea and his mastery of the etching needle. In particular, Briscoe conveyed the motion of the sea itself and the varied effects of light and shade with extraordinary economy of line. In 1926 Briscoe made a superb scale model of the Cutty Sark, a vessel which appears intermittently throughout his sketchbooks.
In this etching, a cropped foreground tug and its pilot are towing an elegant fully-rigged sailing ship out to sea, with coastal cliffs visible in the background at left. The scene provides a delightful contrast between the banal but necessary ugliness of the tug and stately elegance of the ship.
Dr Mark Stocker Curator, Historical International Art March 2018
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