Lot 70
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Montague Dawson, R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.

150,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Montague Dawson, R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.
  • A Night at Sea
  • signed Montague Dawson (lower left) 
  • oil on canvas
  • 28 by 42 in.
  • 71 by 106.9 cm


Frost and Reed, London (acquired directly from the artist, March 1958, no. 23893)
J. Spitz, Illinois (acquired from the above)
Private Collection
Frost and Reed, London (acquired from the above, August 1987, no. 56843S)
Private Collector (acquired from the above, February 15, 1988)
Sale: Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Idaho, July 24, 2004, lot 95, illustrated (as Decks Awash)
MacConnal-Mason, London
Acquired from the above 

Catalogue Note

Compositions featuring a shipboard perspective are rare within Montague Dawson's prolific body of work, and A Night at Sea offers dynamic insight into this distinctive yet fascinating genre of his career. In the present work, an iridescent night sky illuminates the deck of a ship as it navigates through swelling and crashing waves.  A single golden light swaying with the wavering vessel faintly highlights two men who emerge from the doorway to tend to their decks, now covered with water.  Through this captivating choice of perspective, Dawson draws attention not only to the harsh realities of life on the water, but also to the power and often dangerous beauty of the wide-open ocean.