Book Review – ‘Frank Henry Mason: Marine painter and poster artist’ by Pieter van der Merwe

By Pieter van de Merwe, published October 2020

Abstract

This small hardback monograph updates and expands a 47-page booklet by the same author, published by Hartlepool Museum in 1996, and accompanying a local exhibitions on Mason who was born at nearby Seaton Carew in 1875 (a date confirmed here, rather than 1876). It is published to coincide with two other retrospectives this year, one at Greenock and the other at Scarborough, where Mason spent much of his early life and career, only moving to London in 1927. His parents let him to go to sea in an initially fruitless effort to dissuade him from continuing with art, and after early work in engineering (which perhaps contributed to his later skill as a ship modeller too), he built a solid reputation in the north-east as a largely self-taught marine painter in watercolours and oils. Having become a familiar figure in Scarborough, where he forged good connections with other Scarborough artists and the Staithes Group, he was soon taken up by northern dealers and patrons including significant shipping figures. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1900 and became a member of several other bodies, most notably the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) where he had a long affiliation …

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