Saturday, 3 March 2012

Gerald M Burn - Printmaker

Today I am inspired to post an article about Gerald Maurice Burn (1862-1945). Who ?? well I did not know but he was the artists printmaker responsible for the etching below. This finely executed detailed study of an old boat drawn up upon the shore in front of Ye Olde Worlde cottage; so typical of late Victorian or Edwardian tastes - no avant garde artistic interpretation here !!

But who was he and what else did he create ?

A print of an oil painting

He is recorded as a painter in oil and water-colour of marines and architectural subjects. Born in London on 1st April 1862, he studied art at South Kensington as well as spending time in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Antwerp and Paris. Exhibited at leading London galleries from 1881, including at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists in addition to exhibiting a the Walker Gallery, Liverpool and at the Manchester City Art Gallery. Exhibiting picture with titles such as "Launch of a Battleship" "Leaving the Thames" and "The Britannia".

The picture he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1911 was titled "The Shipyard" and was hung in the same gallery as works by Herbert Von Herkomer, Samuel Lamorna Birch and John Singer Sargent,

Bassin Flamand, Anvers oil on canvas - Sold by Christies for £2990 in 1999

He lived in Amberley in Sussex; a fact mentioned in an article in the 29th January 1913 edition of the New Zealand Evening Post ! This short piece reads as "Mr Gerald M Burn, an artist residing at Amberley, near Arundel, has painted a very fine picture of HMS New Zealand, in Portsmouth harbour, and has forwarded the painting to the High Commissioner. It is understood that it is for sale at a moderate sum and it is certainly worth securing by one of the art galleries in the dominion.The title of the picture, which is handsomely framed  in gold, is "New Zealand's Gift to the British Empire"

I wonder whether it was bought ? and where is it now. Interestingly a print version of the painting is now in New Zealand's National Collection of War Art together with a very similar oil painting by Gerald from 1915 - see above.

Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh - then and now - a very accurate impression.

Huntley House, Cannongate, Edinburgh

Are there any of these around the galleries for sale - YES. I found several including,  a coloured etching titled "Venetian Barges" for £85.00 at , "The Old Curiosity Shop" for $145.00 at and "Huntley House" & "Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh" for £50.00 each at

Another little bit of Ye Olde England.

Another almost foregotten artist - some beautifully executed oil painted and technically excellent etchings. From the prices at auction and around the galleries he is valued by some enthusiasts and collectors and well worth looking out for.

The Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940
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