Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tony Warren, Marine Artist – Part 1



 
The Painting


 
'Cousin Jack'

 
'Rebecca'

Tony Warren was a well-known Falmouth artist who was born in 1930 and died 1994. When visiting Falmouth in 1997, I saw a painting of Falmouth working boats on display in a gallery.  It was a limited, printed edition of a watercolour by Tony Warren, and because I liked it so much, I bought it without hesitation.

The painting depicts two Falmouth ‘B’ Class working boats on a broad reach, racing under full sail towards the finish line off the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club – or at least, that’s my interpretation of what is happening.

They are number 14, ‘Cousin Jack’, and number 24, ‘Rebecca’. The artist cleverly captured the atmosphere and light setting so typical of Falmouth on a glorious summer afternoon. He portrayed the excitement of the duel between these vessels as they broad-reached up the Penryn River towards Flushing which is beyond the field of vision to the right.

Links

Tony Warren's Sketchbook 'Falmouth-born Painter of Ships and the Sea'


Tony Warren


Falmouth Working Boats


Falmouth Working Boats


Falmouth Working Boats


‘Cousin Jack’ No 14


‘Rebecca’s’ Page No 24

2 comments:

richard green said...

Hello Bill, lovely painting. I have a watercolour of a Thames barge by the tide-mill in Woodbridge, by John Sutton, a local artist.
'Sandpiper' went for £680, so the present owner took quite a hit on his purchase price. Apparently he never got to sail her because he couldn't get around in her.....

William Serjeant said...

Richard,

I was surprised he bought her, because he never went inside the boat before parting with his money.

That was a shame he didn't sail her, because she would have been perfect for Grafham Water.

Cheers,
Bill.