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Pears, Charles

(1873 – 1958)

The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941

Signed, inscribed on reverse

Oil on paper laid on board 
13 3/4 x 22 1/2 in. (35 x 57 cm)

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Studio
Pears was arguably the greatest marine artist of his generation – and excelled in painting night scenes and scenes of combat.  Both elements are found in this composition.
The plane is a Blohm & Voss Ha 139B/Umbau. Only three 139s were built, and only one was converted to having a glazed nose (which is visible in the picture). The RN vessel is a Motor Gun Boat but it does not have any identifying features that allow class or build to be identified.

We are grateful to Ian Jack and Oliver Bratton for assistance.



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THE ARTIST

Pears, Charles

1873 – 1958

Marine painter and lithographer, born at Pontefract, Yorkshire. Pears worked initially as a black-and-white artist for magazines from the late 189os, serving as a theatrical caricaturist for Pick-Me-Up. During World War I he was an Official War Artist for the Admiralty, a position he repeated during World War Il, and he gradually established a reputation as a sound marine painter with a strong sense of design. He was founder and first president of the RSMA and his work found its way into the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the Imperial War Museum. However, as a versatile draughtsman he also did many posters and illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1922, and the works of Charles Dickens. He wrote a number of books, such as From the Thames to the Seine, 1910, and South Coast Cruising from the Thames to Penzance, 1931. Exhibited widely, including RA, ROI and Fine Art Society. Lived at St Mawes, Cornwall.

MORE PICTURES BY ARTIST

Charles Pears
Nocturne: A Ship and a Tug Boat
£18,750.00
Charles Pears
Bristol Blenheim setting fire to German oil tanker, circa 1940
£16,000.00