10 April 2010


From The Glasgow Herald on this day in 1939:

The death at his home, Willifield Way, London, N.W., of Mr. Kenneth D. Shoesmith, the marine painter, was announced yesterday. He was 48.

Mr. Shoesmith was educated in the training ship Conway.

For several years Mr. Shoesmith was an officer in the Mercantile Marine and sailed to many parts of the world. His artistic inclinations were dominant, however, and after the war he left the sea to take up painting. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the principal galleries.

His chief works were the immense canvases which panel the public rooms of the Queen Mary. The subjects illustrate the romance of seafaring and British naval history.

Photo: Kenneth Shoesmith painting Madonna of the Atlantic

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