Neville Sotheby Pitcher (1889-1959)


With a style said to be reminiscent of notable 19th century marine artists, such as the great marine master Winslow Homer, Neville Sotheby Pitcher focused his artistic vision toward seascapes and landscapes, as well as occasionally painting of figures at leisure. His broad -sometimes sweeping- brush strokes had a tendency to bring motion and emotion to his factually still works.

Pitcher was also active, as of 1940, in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves at Southend-on-sea. His main address was Rye, Sussex, along the southwest coast of the Dover strait, where he was a dedicated observer and sporadic participant of all sorts of sea activities, from leisure sailings to deep-sea rescues.

In addition to his naval service, Pitcher was very active with numerous memberships and exhibitions. He showed regularly with the Royal Society of Marine Artists until 1958; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour; Royal Academy and also Royal West of England Academy.

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