French-born marine painter and draftsman. Serres was born in 1719 in Auch, Gascony, to a family of wealthy landlords. On his way to take holy orders, he crossed into nearby Spain and became a seaman instead. His career at sea was successful, and he was in command of a merchant ship when he was twenty-five years old. Bound for Havana in the late 1740s, he was captured by a British frigate and imprisoned in England by 1748. When released from prison, Serres chose to remain in England, where he anglicized his French first name into Dominic and established himself as a marine painter.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.