Montague Dawson – Red jacket on the high seas

NEW YORK, October 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Rehs Galleries Inc., a New York gallery specializing in European and American works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries, announce their recent acquisition of Montague Dawson Red jacket on the high seas.

Montague Dawson, who is now considered by many in the art world to be the most important British marine artist of his time, showed artistic talent early in his life. By the age of fifteen, he was working for a commercial art studio in Bedford Row, London, but his career was interrupted by the start of the First World War. He enlisted in the navy, and his ability to draw, along with an intimate knowledge of ships, led his superiors to assign him the task of visually recording warfare at sea. Many of these drawings became illustrations in the weekly, The sphere.

After the war he continued his artistic path and in 1926 he began a lifelong relationship with the British art dealers Frost & Reed. In the 1930s, as his reputation grew, he left London at Milford sur Mer, where he would remain for the rest of his life.

Dawson favored images of naval events and historically significant sailing ships, often capturing the latter on the high seas in strong breezes. The Red coat, one of the great American clippers of the 19th century, was a ship that continued to intrigue him throughout his career, and he created several paintings depicting the ship. She was built for speed and to this day is still one of only ten ships capable of sailing 400 nautical miles in a single day.

Red jacket on the high seas was originally purchased by Robert and Mildred Gilfillanwho lived in Nairobi. Robert was the only full-time American businessman in Kenya for much of the early 20th century, helping to import American foods and liquors into the country. Robert died in 1968, while Mildred returned to United States. She settled in Massachusettsthe painting remaining in his possession until his death in 1992, when it passed to his niece.

Director Howard Rehs commented, “Over the years, many works by Dawson have been offered to us, but more than one has suffered over time. The condition of a work being very important to us, we only had the pleasure of handling about ten of the artist’s works. When I first saw pictures of Red jacket on the high seasI was very impressed, dug a little deeper into its condition and purchased the painting. Upon arrival, gallery staff were able to confirm that the painting was in excellent condition; all it needed was a light cleaning. Mr. Rehs went on to say, “In 2018, we had the pleasure of selling Dawson’s Lightning over Pacific Rollersthen in 2021, we sold his Lightning and red jacket (with Red Jacket in the distance). The story goes that Flash left Boston on February 18, 1854in the direction of liverpool. The next day, Red coat left New Yorkhead toward liverpool. The two ships entered liverpool port on March 4; however, Red Jacket beat Lightning by 6 p.m. She set the speed record for ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean. We now have one of his finest works featuring Red coat.”

Red jacket on the high seas will be presented in several upcoming fairs and will show the gallery in which participates.

About Rehs Galleries, Inc.

Rehs Galleries Inc. is, together with its directors, considered one of the world’s leading dealers in 19th and early 20th century European paintings and is currently involved in the catalog raisonné research projects of Daniel Ridgway Knight, Julien Dupré, Emile Munier, and Antoine Blanchard. Howard Rehs was a past president of the Fine Art Dealers Association, currently serves on the board of directors of the Council of Antiquities, and has been a member of the Internal Revenue Service’s Art Advisory Group since 2008.

Howard L. RehsDirector
Rehs Galleries, Inc.
(212) 355-5710
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