'Ships on a Stormy Sea'
Franklin D. Briscoe is best known for his
masterful renderings of marine views. He established a successful painting
career and was highly regarded as a competent marine painter during his
lifetime. He was a versatile artist whose work included history painting
and portraiture as well as seascapes.
Briscoe was born in
Baltimore, Maryland, in 1844. At the age of four his family moved to
Philadelphia, where Briscoe he trained with eminent marine artist Thomas
Moran (1860) and in Europe. He studied the masters in London, Paris and
other continental cities and by the age of 25 was considered a proficient
landscape and marine painter. Traveling by ship all over the world many
times, Briscoe found many marine subjects during extended voyages. In 1885
he painted a major historical mural The Battle of Gettysburg (whereabouts
now unknown) that measured 13 feet tall x 230 feet long (ten panels). For
more information regarding this artist see 300 Years of
American Art, volume 1, page 401 and Who Was Who
in American Art, vol. 1, p. 445. Briscoe exhibited at the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Art Association.
He remained in Philadelphia throughout his life and died there in
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