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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 563 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR OSWALD WALTERS BRIERLY (1817-1894), English marine painter, who came of an old Cheshire family, was born at Chester. He entered Sass's art-school in London, and after studying naval architecture at Plymouth he exhibited some drawings of ships at the Royal Academy in 1839. He had a passion for the sea, and in 1841 started round the world with Benjamin Boyd (1796-1851), afterwards well known as a great Australian squatter, in the latter's ship " Wanderer," and having got to New South Wales, made his home at Auckland-for ten years. Brierly Point is called after him. He added to his sea experiences by voyages on H.M.S. " Rattlesnake " in 1848, and with Sir Henry Keppel on the " Meander " in 185o; he returned to England in 1851 on this ship, and illustrated Keppel's book about his cruise (1853). He was again with Keppel during the Crimean War, and published in 1855 a series of lithographs illustrating " The English and French fleets in the Baltic." He was now taken up by Queen Victoria and other members of the royal family, and was attached to the suites of the duke of Edinburgh and the prince of Wales on their tours by sea, the results being seen in further marine pictures by him; and in 1874 he was made marine-painter to the queen. He exhibited at the Academy, but more largely at the Royal Water-colour Society, his more important works including the historical pictures, " The Retreat of the Spanish Armada" (1871) and " The Loss of the Revenge " (1877). In 1885 he was knighted, and he died on the 14th of December 1894. He was twice married and had an active and prosperous life, but was no great artist; his best pictures are at Melbourne and Sydney.
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This reviewer has blandly judged Sir Oswald Brierly as "no great artist" without any qualifying description of any of the works involved. He/she gives no reason for the opinion which has been simply cut and pasted onto other sites. I do not agree with this critic's taste and evaluation of the works.
Sir Oswald Brierly was a competent and skilled artist. He drew the most beautiful sketches of ships, particularly HMS Rattlesnake, and to post such negative and uninformed comments is tantamount to libel. Be careful with your words.
MY husband and i have a print of( the loss of the revenge1881)and we would like to have some info on the print if possiable.
I too have a lovely framed and matted print of the loss of the revenge, and another, "The attack of the vanguard" Both in excellent condition, and am wondering about a price on each for insurance. Any help appreciated. Thank you, Terry Sinclair-Wise
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