Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson
Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson
Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson

Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece by Montague Dawson

  • Montague Dawson presents a dynamic maritime scene in this brilliant oil on canvas
  • He brilliant captures the famed clipper ship The Golden Fleece traversing the ocean waves
  • The dynamism of the work is enhanced by Dawson's masterful composition
  • Today, Dawson is regarded as the premier marine painter of the 20th century
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Montague Dawson
1895-1973 | British

Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece

Signed “Montague Dawson” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

Montague Dawson is considered the master of maritime painting, celebrated for his highly detailed compositions of sailed ships at sea. By 1935, he was dubbed “the King of the Clipper Ship School,” and his reputation as a ship-marine painter spread internationally. Melody in Silver: The Golden Fleece is an exceptional example of his very best output. Capturing the famed clipper ship The Golden Fleece, the work is a spectacular depiction of the famed iron clipper ship sailing on calm, moonlit waters.

Dawson devoted most of his career to painting 19th-century clipper ships like the The Golden Fleece that swiftly carried passengers and cargo across the world's oceans. Unlike any other marine painter, Dawson celebrated the speed and grace of these historic ships as they moved through the water. The powerful drama of the clipper ship is perfectly realized in the present work, enhanced by Dawson's mastery over composition. Depicted against the might of the ocean in the shimmering moonlight, The Golden Fleece appears to rise up on the waves as it glides effortlessly through the water.

The son of a keen yachtsman and grandson of marine painter Henry Dawson, Montague Dawson spent much of his childhood on the Southampton Water, where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. Naturally gifted at drawing and painting, the self-taught Dawson became a member of an art studio group in Bedford Row, London. By the age of 15, he was working on posters and illustrations to earn a living. For a brief period around 1910, Dawson worked for a commercial art studio in London, but with the outbreak of World War I, he joined the Royal Navy. Dawson was present at the final surrender of the German Grand Fleet, and many of his illustrations depicting the event were published in The Sphere.

After the War, Dawson established himself as a professional marine artist, concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships. During the Second World War, he was employed as a war artist and again worked for The Sphere. Dawson exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Academy from 1917 to 1936. By the 1930s, he was considered the greatest living marine painter. His patrons included two American Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the British Royal Family.

Canvas: 16” high x 20" wide
Frame: 22 1/8” high x 26 1/8” wide
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Artist: Dawson, Montague
Framed:26.125"W x 22.125"H
Unframed:20"W x 16"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:England
Subject:Marine
Depth:2.25 Inches
Width:26.125 Inches
Height:22.125 Inches
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