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Master of the Sea Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS by Margaret Powell

Master of the Sea Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS


Master of the Sea Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS by Margaret Powell

Charles Napier Hemy, 1841-1917, was the most accomplished marine painter of his generation. This book tells the story of his life. Charles Napier Hemy, 1841-1917, was 'the most accomplished marine painter of his generation. His intimate knowledge of the sea was central to his art - the ocean's swell, its power, strength and dangers are all captured with a brilliance rarely equalled and never surpassed.' (Brian Stewart, Director, Falmouth Art Gallery, in the Introduction.) Margaret Powell, the artist's granddaughter, uses Hemy's notebooks to tell the colourful story of his life, from his childhood in Newcastle upon Tyne and emigration to Australia, to his time at sea and in Dominican monasteries, and finally in Falmouth, Cornwall, where he lived for over 30 years, and achieved the height of his powers.


'a must-have book for anyone interested in marine art.'
(Traditional Boats and Tall Ships

, December 2005/January 2006) 'You can almost feel the spray and smell the tang of the sea as you turn the pages of this beautifully illustrated volume. ... 'This admirable study deserves to be commended for its vivid portrayal of the sensitive, often complex nature of one of our great artists.
(This England

, Spring 2005) 'That Charles Napier Hemy is one of the world's best marine artists is without doubt ... 'The book is ... a superb biopic ... setting his life against the influence of the sea.
(Classic Boat

, June 2005) 'it reassesses Hemy's talent and should go some way to rekindling interest in his achievements.
(Western Morning News

, 12.10.04) 'This book is not only an accurate full account of the life and times of her grandfather, a man true to himself , but also an absorbing read, generously illustrated. '... a book which all admirers of marine painting should possess
(The Cornishman

, 04.11.04) '... contains a fascinating text and many superbly reproduced prints of the painter's work
(West Devon Diary

, March 2005) 'Margaret Powell, grand-daughter of the artist, paints a picture of a man constantly pulled by conflicting forces, providing a new insight into an artist who was influenced both by the cloisters of the Roman Catholic church and the raw energy of the sea.
(Cornish World

, 41, Spring 2005) 'containing good quality colour, sepia and black and white illustrations, this is a well-researched and enjoyable book.
(Old Cornwall

, vol. XIII, no. 5, Autumn 2005)

About the Author

Margaret Powell was born in 1907 in Hove. Aged fifteen, she went into service as a kitchen maid, eventually progressing to the position of cook. In 1968 the first volume of her memoirs, Below Stairs, was published to instant success. She died in 1984.

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Publication date

30th September 2004


Margaret Powell

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Alison Hodge


80 pages


Painting & paintings
Individual artists, art monographs
Animals & nature in art (still life, landscapes & seascapes, etc)
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900



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