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Norman Wilkinson - The Mauretania - Cunard Poster

Norman Wilkinson - Mauretania - Cunard Line

A promotional poster published by the Cunard Line.

Condition: Laid down, close trimmed to image.

Title: Mauretania, a poster published by Cunard 1907
Medium: Chromolithograph in period gilt frame Image Size: 725 x 1000mm, 28.5 x 39.5"
Order No. 7147 Price: £SOLD Paper Size: 725 x 1000mm, 28.5 x 39.5"
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Norman Wilkinson CBE PRI ROI RBA RSMA HRWS (1878-1971)
Artist in oil, watercolour and drypoint etching, usually of marine subjects, as lo landscapes which invariably used rivers as a focal point. An illustrator and poster artist, he also made an important to both world wars in the field of camouflage.

Born at Cambridge on the 24th November 1878, he was educated at Berkhamstead School and studied at Portsmouth and Southsea School of Art, where he later taught. In 1898 his first contribution to The Illustrated London News was accepted and proved to be be the beginning of a long association with that journal. He also worked for the Illustrated Mail. Married Evelyn Harriet.

In 1899 he went to Paris to study figure painting but was already firmly established as a marine artist. At this stage he also spent some time painting in Cornwall and worked under Louis Grier. His love of the sea led him to travel extensively, including visits to Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Aden, Germany, Bahamas, Canada, USA, and Brazil.

Elected R.B.A. in 1902, R.I. in 1906, R.O.I in 1908, Hon. Marine Painter to the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1909 and President of the RI in 1937. Awarded the C.B.E. in 1948. He worked into his nineties and died on the 30th May 1971.

Exhibited: 55@RA, 25@RBA, 97 @RI, 37@ROI, and numerous provincial galleries.

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,A poster published by Cunard in 1907 of the Mauretania after Norman Wilkinson

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