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Bernard Benedict Hemy (1855-1913)
Sail to Steam

A busy Tyne river scene with steam tugs, sailing ships and the main subject a ship built during the transitional period of sail to steam. This painting was acquired from a gentleman who was left the painting by his godfather over 30yrs ago whom he believes owned it for many years prior. A wonderful example of Hemy's work and a moment in history.

Oil on board     11" x 13"      Signed. 



Bernard Benedict Hemy (1855-1913)

The youngest brother of noted British marine watercolourist Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917) and Thomas Hemy (1852-1937) also a marine painter, BB Hemy was born in Australia where his family had emigrated in 1852. Like both of his siblings, he later returned to his family's traditional home at Newcastle-on-Tyne where he settled to paint for the remainder of his life in North Shields. It is likely that he studied art at the Newcastle Art School where both of his brothers attended. Unlike them however, he was not widely travelled  preferring the quieter life of the North East Coast of England. Throughout his career he displayed a strong competence at creating realistic portrayals of every day marine activity, skilfully documenting coastal and harbour views as well as local fishing scenes of the period. Today, paintings by Bernard Benedict Hemy are considered the rarest of the Hemy family. Although he is known to have exhibited at the Suffolk Street Gallery in London in both 1875 and 1877 and was a participant in various other English exhibitions, none of his works are known to exist in public collections.


Other paintings by this artist:

  • Mouth of the Tyne, Sunset
  • Tynemouth
  • Herring Boats, Bamburgh
  • Unloading at the Low Light, North Shields
  • The Tyne
  • North Shields
  • A Busy Day on the Tyne
  • Herring Fleet Passing Marsden Rock
  • The Rescue
  • Against the Storm
  • Sunset over the Tyne
  • Sailing close to shore, Tynemouth
  • Venice
  • Tynemouth

Artwork Tags: Figures | Industrial | marine | Northumbrian | Oil

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