McCormick was born in Coleraine and went to London on the same ship as Hugh Thomson, the prestigious Victorian artist from Coleraine.

He founded the Chelsea Arts Club along with his more famous friend and flatmate artist Frank Brangwyn and was elected Honorary member of the Ulster Arts Club in 1903. His work is popular for his depictions of sailors. The artist is also responsible for the well known version of the sailor’s head on Players cigarettes packaging.

Provenance

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Canada; private collection, Canada; Bonham's, 2007. The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register and LSAD.


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