Charles de Lacy: Consummate British marine artist

by | Jan 17, 2022 | Maritime Art, Culture and History

Charles John de Lacy (1856–1929) may not be as widely acclaimed as Joseph Mallord William Turner, England’s most beloved artist known for his turbulent seascapes. It is even hard to find a photograph of him online. De Lacy, however, clearly belongs to the pantheon of British marine artists. He was such a skilled painter that he was regularly commissioned by the UK shipbuilding firm, Armstrong Whitworth.

Click here for a short bio of Charles de Lacy.

The following paintings show De Lacy’s stimulating use of colour and his perceptive eye. Done in the realist tradition, they have a certain flair and looking at them gives one a sense of exhilaration.

London Bridge, 1884
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Art UK via Wikimedia Commons

Mist in port, London, 1881
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Bornhams auction house via Wikimedia Commons

The early hours, undated
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Bornhams auction house via Wikimedia Commons.

Sunset, River Thames, 1884
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Bornhams auction house via Wikimedia Commons

Stormy Sea Scene with Sailing Ships, undated
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Art UK via Wikimedia Commons

The ‘Kinfauns Castle’ as a troopship, circa May 1900
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

HMS ‘Vindictive’ at Zeebrugge, 23 April 1918, early 20th century
Charles de Lacy (British, 1856–1929)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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