Jump to content | Home

Portcities London

reflecting our cultures

[Bypass: Visit the Port Cites Consortium]
[Bypass: Search Facilities]
      Advanced Search

Maritime London Partnership

-Bypass site links |  Full graphics | About this Site | Feedback

On this site:

[Bypass: Main Menu]
You are here:  PortCities London home > About maritime London > 18th-century port

John Cleveley (1712-1777)
A marine painter*
*

*
Send this story to a friendSend this story to a friend
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
View this story in picturesView this story in pictures

Known for

John Cleveley the Elder was a prominent Thames artist who had originally been a shipwright by profession.

His sons, Robert and John Junior, were also artists. They lived in Deptford and worked in the Royal Dockyard, sometimes as caulkers or in other shipyard professions.

Port connection

The Buckingham on the stocks at Deptford.
View full size imageThe Buckingham on the stocks at Deptford. © NMM
John Cleveley the Elder lived and worked at King’s Yard Row, near the Royal Dockyard in Deptford.

A many number of his paintings were of local scenes - mainly shipbuilding and ship launches - including the Buckingham on the stocks at Deptford.

He continued to work as a shipwright ‘in the pay of His Mjs Navy’ whilst being a professional artist.

Interesting facts

John's son, Robert Cleveley, died as a result of falling over a cliff at Dover.

Life story

1712Born in Southwark.
1726Apprenticed to a joiner.
1740sBecame a professional artist.
1765Exhibited at the Free Society of Artists in London.
1777Died at King's Yard Row, Deptford



*
Send this story to a friendSend this story to a friend
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version
View this story in picturesView this story in pictures



[Bypass: Search Facilities]
      Advanced Search

FIND OUT MORE



Top | Legal & Copyright |  Partner Sites: Bristol | Hartlepool | Liverpool | Southampton | About this Site | Feedback | Full graphics