Briscoe, Arthur John Trevor (1873-1943) UK (1)

Category: PAINTERS

BriscoeAVArthur Briscoe was a painter in oil and watercolour and etcher of marine subjects. Arthur Briscoe was born in Birkenhead on 25th February 1873, eldest child of John Briscoe, cotton broker, and his wife Eliza Ann née Trevor, who married at Chester in 1872.

Educated at Shrewsbury School, Arthur Briscoe displayed an aptitude for drawing that led him to the Slade and then the Académie Julian in Paris. On his return from France, Briscoe was commissioned to illustrate editions of Keats and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, but he soon abandoned the world of illustration for that of marine painting. A growing interest in the work of Philip Wilson Steer led Briscoe to the Essex coast where he purchased a 3-ton cutter, the Doris and became a founding member of the Blackwater Sailing Club.

Royal Academy
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour
New English Art Club
Brook Street Art Gallery
Connell & Sons Gallery
Fine Art Society
Glasgow Institute of Fine Art
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Royal Society of British Artists
Royal Society of Painter-Etchers
Redfern Gallery
Elected: A.R.E. 1930, R.E. 1933. R.I. 1935.

Briscoe married Mabel Shawyer in 1901 and their son William was born in 1903. His passion for yachting continued and the family spent eight or nine months of the year cruising around Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands with Briscoe constantly sketching and painting in watercolours and oils.

In 1906, Briscoe held a one-man exhibition of thirty-five watercolours at the Modern Gallery in Bond St., called Round the North Sea and Zuyder Zee (see lots 69 and 72), which established his reputation and led to further shows at galleries across London.

He spent the First World War as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy's Auxiliary Patrol, and his post-war years were spent in London, East Anglia and St. Mawes with Briscoe continuing to paint until he suffered a stroke in 1940.

Influenced by Vermeer and the Van der Veldes, amongst others, he studied his subjects carefully in order to understand the workmanship involved resulting in the combination of technical accuracy with an aesthetically pleasing, impressionistic effect that is characteristic of all his work, of which some fine examples are seen in this collection.

The Endeavour, ca. 1935

Medium: Works on paper, Pencil and watercolor on watercolor board
Size Notes: 14.38 x 20.88 in. (36.5 x 53 cm.)
Framed: 23.5 x 36 in. (59.7 x 91.4 cm.)t
Markings: Signed in pencil, lower right
Titled in pencil, verso
Description: The sailing yacht Endeavour is a 130 foot J Class classic sailing sloop which was launched in 1934 and embodies one of the most formidable and famous sailing yachts in the world. Endeavour was designed and built by the Camper and Nicholsons Yard in England as one of the yachts to challenge for the ultimate sailing yacht race - the America's Cup. She came closer to winning the race than any other challenger up to that time, with only an amateur crew sailing her to the finish line. Upon her return to England, she dominated the British yacht racing scene for many years. In 1938 she was laid up for the duration of World War II, retiring from her exceptional racing career of four years. The Endeavor has been renowned as the most beautiful J class classic yacht ever built.