'HMS BRISK, Zanzibar, 1890'
'Blue on Blue'
'The Port of Kilindini'
The History of the Aircraft Carrier:
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'Bassin San Marco, Venice'
A Hundred Years of Steamships, Freighters
and Tramps, 1848 ~ 1953
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Scottish painter Ian Marshall’s fluid watercolors need no introduction to
fans of Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century naval history. He is widely
regarded as an international authority on the subject. His moving and
detailed watercolors of well-known and obscure naval actions and vessels
have been featured in four celebrated volumes, British Capital Ships,
Armored Ships and Ironclads and Paddlers. His
fourth book, Passage East, featuring the elegant steamships
which linked Europe and the splendor of the Orient during the 19th and
20th century, received critical acclaim for its “superb artistry and
scholarship,” from The New York Times. Flying Boats – the J-Class
Yachts of Aviation, explored the history of the fascinating
machines that were part aircraft and part boat, and brought to life an era
of elegant travel that transported passengers to some of the most scenic
destinations in the world.
His latest book, Cruisers and Hunting Warfare, La Guerre de Course
concentrates on the evolution of the smaller class of ships that were
built and operated between the American Civil War 1861-1865 and World War
I, not for battle, but to hunt and destroy enemy merchant ships and supply
After 30 years as an internationally renowned architect Ian brings an
unparalleled understanding of scale and perspective to his work, so that
while remaining “painterly” his work retains a realism and detail that is
unmatched among today’s modern ship painters. Painting in the tradition of
the great British watercolorists, he uses the fluidity and subtle colors
of the medium to create emotional representations of what in someone
else’s hands could be a dry subject. The fact that he’s painting water
with a water-based medium is something not lost on him. Of watercolor, Ian
says, “It lends itself to capturing the ephemeral changing effects of
weather, sea and sky.” Whether painting Hampton Roads, Virginia or SMS
Konigsburg in German East Africa, his extraordinary pictures capture
moments in history with an intriguing and subtle beauty that has made him
one of the most respected marine artists working today. He is a “fellow”
and currently serves as President of the prestigious American Society of
Marine Artists. His painting of the P&O liner Viceroy transiting the Suez
Canal in 1929 received the 2004 Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage
Award in the Mystic International Exhibition and he also was given an
Award of Excellence in 2006 in the Mystic International Exhibition.
His Principal Exhibitions include: U.S. Navy Museum, Washington,
DC, 1991 & 1994; Royal Society of Marine Artists’ Annual Exhibition,
London, 1988, 1993 – 2005; Mystic International Exhibition, Mystic
Seaport, CT, 1991, 1993-2008: J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT
1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006: U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD,
1994; Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME, 1995; The Tryon & Swann Gallery,
London, 1991,1994, 1997; U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI 2009
Public Collections include: Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth,
England; Royal Scottish United Services Museum, Scotland; Lloyds of
London, England; U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum, Quincy, MA; U.S. Naval
Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD; U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI;
National Museum, Botswana; Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME; Netherlands
Naval Museum; Flying Boats Museum, Foynes, Ireland