Tower Bridge, River Thames, London

Grenville Cottingham

English ( b.1943 - d.2007 )

Tower Bridge, River Thames, London

  • Watercolour
  • Signed lower right.

Image size 15.7 inches x 28.7 inches ( 40cm x 73cm )
Frame size 27 inches x 39.6 inches ( 68.5cm x 100.5cm )

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Grenville Cottingham was a distinguished and highly skilled artist, whose works were much sought after in his lifetime, and are even more so since his death. He painted both marine and landscape works in oil, watercolour and acrylics, but it is his marine works for which he is best known.

Cottingham was born in Devon in 1943 and studied art at the Exeter College of Art (1960-1963) and then post diploma at the Liverpool College of Art (1963-64). After completing his studies he was employed as the first sea-going artist/tutor to the Seafarers Education Service from 1966-68. During this time he travelled some 150,000 miles on a variety of vessels. This experience enabled him to study the sea in all its moods and the relationship with ships, which featured so much in his subsequent works.

He later held part time posts as senior tutor at Hornsey Art School (Middlesex University) and Sir John Cass College (London Guildhall University) but eventually devoted all his time to commission works for private individuals, public bodies and City institutions. His works are now subsequently held in collections by the Royal Naval Reserves, the Royal Fusiliers, the Royal Artillery, Woolwich, the Air Ministry, the Marine Society, P & O plc., Securities Investment Board, Mutual Insurance, Munich University, Shell Petroleum, Esso and Devon County Council.

Cottingham travelled widely during his career, to depict the landscapes of Tuscany, Provence, South West Ireland and many parts of the British Isles. He held several one-man shows throughout the UK and Europe, including Dublin 1974, Munich 1975 and Berlin 1980.

Cottingham won many awards for his work and was a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Society of British Artists. He was also a member of the Wapping Group of Artists, one of the longest established societies of working artists left in England. It was established in 1940 to record the busy life of the docklands and has over the last 70 odd years faithfully recorded in a variety of styles and techniques, the changing face of the river Thames.

Grenville Cottingham died in London on 17th February 2007 aged 63.

The picture offered here is a superb example of Cottingham’s work, depicting the Thames from the perspective of a vessel on the water.