Poole Quay on a busy day with boats and figures by Bernard Finnigan Gribble

Bernard Finnigan Gribble was one of Britain’s most distinguished maritime painters.

Details

Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
61 x 81 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £6,000)
Acquired in:
2013
Vendor:
confidential vendor

From fantasy encounters between pirates and marines to eye-witness paintings of historic maritime events, Gribble’s dramatic and wide-ranging oeuvre won him distinguished admirers on both sides of the Atlantic, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Queen Mary and Jackie Kennedy. Gribble was at the height of his powers during the First World War, when he was employed by King George V and the United States administration to paint grand naval scenes, one of which hung in the Oval Office of the White House. After working for many years in London, Gribble spent the latter part of his life in Parkstone, an area of Poole adjacent to the harbour, becoming one of the town’s best-known artists. Poole Quay on a Busy Day with Boats and Figures is the finest painting of the town’s iconic quay that Gribble is known to have produced, and the only oil painting of the subject in the Poole Museum collection. While Gribble’s distinctly Edwardian sensibilities have made his paintings unfashionable in recent years, the upcoming centenary of the First World War is an opportune moment to revisit the work of one of the conflict’s greatest naval artists. Poole Quay was exhibited in Poole Museum’s 2013 exhibition, ‘Painting Drama at Sea’, and now joins the world’s largest holding of Gribble’s art in the museum’s permanent collection.

Provenance

Private collection, East Dorset; Dukes Auctioneers, Dorchester (unsold); vendor.

Venue details

Poole Museum 4 High Street, POOLE Dorset BH15 1BW 01202 262 600 www.poolemuseum.co.uk

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