Flourished 1848 - 1862 Oil on canvas 60 x 96 1/2 inches Framed size 64 ¼ x 100 ¼ inches
George Chambers was born in London and was the son of George Chambers Senior (1803 - 1840) the marine painter. He went on to exhibit 11 paintings at the Royal Academy from 1850 to 1861 and 15 at the British Institution from 1848 to 1862. George also exhibited 30 paintings at Suffolk Street Galleries. His style has a looser brush, open technique using warm-toned colours with great effect. His skies and water usually give a feeling of depth and airiness and the vessels in his marine paintings always move with credibility.From the titles of his exhibited pictures, it is evident that he painted along the East & South Coasts of England, on the River Thames and sometimes in Holland.At Greenwich there is a watercolour by him of Cannon Street Station.
Represented in: National Maritime Museum Greenwich;Greenwich Borough Museum; Borough Art Collection Lytham St Anne's; Manchester Art Gallery; Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
Bibl: Dictionary of Sea Painters - E.H.H. Archibald 19th Century Marine Painting - Denys Brook-Hart
This is clearly on of his most ambitious works and the sheer scale is most impressive. It is most likely his 1851 exhibit at the RBA in London number 335, entitled, "Wreckers on the Coast of Yorkshire, Morning after the Storm".
Provenance: By repute, this work hung for many years in the British Embassy in Rome, on loan and then Private Collection U.K