George Chambers

(1803—1840) marine painter

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British marine painter. Chambers was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, to Mary, the wife of John Chambers, a mariner. The family was poor, and George started work at the age of eight and went to sea two years later, sailing to the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Chambers was very small, and he was often the butt of the crew's cruel jokes. But this led him to turn his attention to painting and decorating, and to making drawings for his shipmates. With his talent as an artist developing, Chambers canceled his indentures at the age of eighteen and became a house painter and decorator in Whitby. In his spare time he practiced drawing, copying from a primer borrowed overnight by a friendly bookshop assistant and returned each morning.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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