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|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.
John Cleveley the Elder lived and worked at King’s Yard Row, near the Royal Dockyard in Deptford.
|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|
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