Arthur Briscoe

(1873—1943) engraver and marine artist

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(1873–1943), British marine artist. Arthur John Trevor Briscoe was born in Birkenhead, England, on February 25, 1873. He was raised in a wealthy family, where small fortunes were made in both the cotton trade and the publishing business. After having attended Shrewsbury School, where he developed a particular interest in painting and drawing, Briscoe joined his father in his travels through America and Japan. Upon his return, he studied art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Professors Henry Tonks and Frederick Brown were his teachers. Thereafter Briscoe crossed the Channel to study in Paris at Julian's Atelier for eighteen months. Back in England he moved to Maldon. Here with others he established the Blackwater Sailing Club. In 1899, at the age of twenty-six, he bought a small cutter, Doris, and sailed this vessel around the Essex coast. In 1901, Briscoe got married. That same year he acquired a larger vessel, Vera (eight tons). A little later, a son was born. With his family he cruised the waters between Cornwall, Normandy, and Zeeland (in the Netherlands). In 1904 Briscoe was invited to write a volume in the series “The Country Hand-books.” He wrote A Handbook on Sailing under the pen name of Clove Hitch. The illustrations, however, were made under his proper name. Two years later, in 1906, Briscoe had his first one-man show at the Modern Gallery in Bond Street, London. Though a vivid painter by that time, his show included thirty-five watercolors. His star rose rapidly when Briscoe started to create illustrations for the widely read Illustrated London News.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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