Artist: Henry Andrews Luscombe. Title: Drakes Island
Medium: Watercolour. Size: Approx. 7 x 10", 175 x 250mm
Price: SOLD- Order No. 217
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Biography:Henry Andrews Luscombe b. 1820
Born in Plymouth, a marine and town painter. He worked in both oil and watercolour until at least 1865, specializing in pictures of the 'modern-day' Navy and Rayner-like street scenes.
From George Pycroft's Art in Devonshire 1880 -
'A marine painter in oil and water-colour, born at Plymouth in May, 1820. Part of his youthful life was passed most distastefully to himself in Plough Court, London City, among the drugs and chemicals of the well known house Allen, Hanbury and Barry chemists. It is not surprising that a young man from Devonshire, whose soul was in the beautiful, should not give entire satisfaction in the practical in the laboratory of Plough Court.'
He devoted more of his time, mind and interest to art than he did to the dull rudiments of pharmacy, and he returned to his native town, and joined his father, who was a most respected member of the Society of Friends, in the business of a coal merchant.
Here too, the love of painting came uppermost, and his choice of marine subjects was doubtless fixed by his residence in Plymouth. He soon attained considerable success in delineating ships of H.M. Navy under all vicissitudes of calm and storm, or at their quiet moorings. His power of defining the details of rigging and sails with extreme nicety attracted the attention of many nautical critics, who in these matters are critics indeed, and for many years he has carried on the practice of his art in his native town with success.'
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