Robert Dodd was born, lived and worked in the dockside district of Wapping in East London. After beginning his artistic career in landscapes he changed his specialty to maritime, starting with his local scenes of the River Thames and naval dockyards. Later, as Britain engaged in the great wars of his time, he turned to dramatic scenes of Naval battles and actions. He’s particularly known for his powerful battle scenes of the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars and the American War of Independence. Paintings by Dodd are dramatic, filled with contrast and detail. Rays of sunlight alternate with areas of dark clouds and the flash of cannon fire explodes from the smoke of battle all to convey the intensity and chaos of close combat between large warships.
Dodd was also a prolific printmaker and alongside his battle scenes is famed for his engraving of the famous scene of mutineers turning Lt. Bligh and some of the officers and crew adrift from HMS BOUNTY in 1789. He exhibited with the Society of Artists and at the Royal Academy between 1782 and 1809. A significant number of Dodd's works are in the collection of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
Robert Dodd’s Work Can Be Found in the Collections of:
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, U.K.
United States Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia
New York Historical Society, New York, New York
Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Among many other important public and private collections worldwide.