Montague Dawson grew up in West London and became one of the greatest sea and ship painters of the 20th century. Unfortunately, many of the original signed prints are now damaged and so the existing paintings are particularly expensive. Dawson’s interest in the sea first began when he and his family moved to the south coast of England.
Having had no education, Montague attended an art studio in London. It was here that he began to produce a number of posters and illustrations. During the First World War, he created a number of illustrations and then post war he established himself as a painter and illustrator.
Dawson’s first exhibition was held in the Royal Academy in 1916 and he continued to show here until 1936 and also at the Royal Society of Marine Artists.