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Printing the Thames in the 19th century

Into the 20th century
 

John Everett (1876-1949)

London Docks.
View full size imageLondon Docks. © NMM

The artist John Everett occupies a unique position in the history of marine painting. He trained at the Slade School of Fine Art with Augustus John and William Orpen.

Encouraged to produce landscapes outdoors, Everett continually experimented with sunlit, brightly coloured stippled brushwork and natural daylight tones and colours combined with spontaneity and informality. This training had a strong influence on Everett’s subsequent seascapes.

After studying briefly at the Académie Julian in Paris, Everett’s life took an unconventional path when he embarked on the first of his 16 sea voyages, painting hundreds of seascapes on each journey.

In the spring of 1918 he was commissioned by the Ministry of Information to produce some drawings and paintings of wartime London docks and the Thames. These were subsequently exhibited in America. In 1923 he went to Paris where he learnt print-making techniques, including etching and aquatints. He produced hundreds of prints based on his oil painting sketches.

River scene showing barges and crane.
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