Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)

Nocturne: A Ship and a Tug Boat

SKU: 10563

Oil on canvas 


Height – 57cm
Width – 44cm


Darnley Fine Art; Private collection

Nocturn: A Ship and a Tug Boat will be featured as one of the images in our forthcoming on line exhibition: Hidden Gems, Season Two: Nocturns

Charles Pears was a renowned British Painter, and the first elected President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. During World War I he was an Official War Artist for the Admiralty; a position he repeated during World War Il where he established a reputation as one of the finest marine painters with his strong sense of design and technical ability. In addition to his presidency at the RSMA, Pears was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His works are held in the collections of the London Transport Museum, the National Museum of Wales, the National Maritime Museum, the Imperial War Museum, and the Tate.

In both composition and mood, this work shares similarities with Pears’ Moonlight Barque, c. 1937, in the collection of the Usher Gallery, Lincoln. 

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Charles Pears
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.


Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)
Nocturne: A Ship and a Tug Boat
Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)
The Mosquite and the Eagle: A Nazi seaplane drops a mine in the Fairway, circa 1941
Charles Pears (1873 - 1958)
Bristol Blenheim setting fire to German oil tanker, circa 1940