George Stainton was a marine and landscape artist who was born in Aston, Birmingham in October 1838 to John Stainton and Ann Horton. By the age of 12, he was working as a Papier-mâché painter and then later as a Japanner before becoming a full-time artist.
He specialised in painting seascapes and river scenes in the style of Abraham Hulk and was influenced by the Dutch school. He exhibited at the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists from 1865 and also at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He married Clara Adelaide Mason on 8 November, 1866 and together they lived in Addesley Street, Aston. The couple had 8 children and one of their sons Ernest Stainton became a lithographic artist. By 1881, Stainton had moved to nearby Moseley Road where many Birmingham artists of the industrial period lived and also took up photography. Sometime during the late 1880’s early 1890’s, he moved to 14 St Pauls Road, Kings Norton. He died at Kings Norton in 1900.
Whilst Stainton lived in Birmingham all his life, he travelled around the country painting coastal views of the Bristol Channel, Portsmouth and the Medway, as well as river scenes of the Thames, Tyne and Mersey. He also visited Scotland and Northern France. His works are beautifully detailed and show a masterful understanding of the moods of the weather and movement of the water. His paintings have always been popular when they appear on the art market.
The painting depicts a number of ships and smaller vessels off Brading Haven on the Isle of Wight at sunset. A crab fishing boat with its crab and lobster pots can be seen in the foreground, having just brought in its catch. As two seagulls wait for an easy meal, the sailor in the red waistcoat and cap offers a friendly wave to the figures in a passing rowing boat.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||23.25 inches x 35.5 inches (59cm x 90cm)|
|Framed Size||31 inches x 43.25 inches (79cm x 110cm)|