Nicholas Pocock

(1740—1821) marine painter

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British marine artist. The son of a seaman, Nicholas Pocock was born in Bristol, England, on May 2, 1740, the eldest of six children. He was apprenticed as a mariner to his father; when his father died in 1759 he entered the employment of Richard Champion, a prominent Bristol merchant. By 1766 he was in command of Champion's ship Lloyd and he subsequently made six voyages to Charleston, South Carolina. In 1770 he sailed to the Mediterranean, and between 1771 and 1776 he made six voyages to the West Indies. Six of his logbooks have survived, each illustrated with pen and wash drawings of his ships, as well as coastal profiles and harbors.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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