|John Cleveley (1712-1777)|
|A marine painter|
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.
|The Buckingham on the stocks at Deptford. © NMM|
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.
John's son, Robert Cleveley, died as a result of falling over a cliff at Dover.
|1712||Born in Southwark.|
|1726||Apprenticed to a joiner.|
|1740s||Became a professional artist.|
|1765||Exhibited at the Free Society of Artists in London.|
|1777||Died at King's Yard Row, Deptford|