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Montague Dawson

Days of Old

Montague Dawson

Montague Dawson

Days of Old

Days of Old

Montague Dawson

British

1895 - 1973

Days of Old


signed Montague Dawson. (lower left); copyright stamp (reverse)

oil on canvas

canvas: 20⅛ by 24 in.; 51.1 by 60.9 cm

framed: 27⅝ by 31½ in.; 70.1 by 80 cm

The canvas is not lined. The paint surface is stable and in good condition despite some pigment separation, particularly in the bottom right quadrant. Slight frame abrasion at right and left edges. Under UV light, no apparent restorations. Varnish fluoresces green. Remnants of a previous protective paper visible at stretcher edges.


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Frost & Reed Ltd., London
While the majority of Montague Dawson’s works take place on the high seas, Days of Old is a rare composition with a shipboard perspective, capturing the drama and danger for clipper crews sailing in difficult weather. The thrashing weight and surging might of the waves is tangible. Dawson's rigorous attention to nautical detail is on full display, from the visible seams in the full sails to the complex rigging, emphasizing the ship's massive deck. Dawson draws attention not only to the harsh realities of life on the water, but also to the power and often perilous beauty of the wide-open ocean.