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Thomas Somerscales

Thomas Jacques Somerscales (born in Sculcoates, Yorkshire on 29 October 1842; died in Sculcoates, Yorkshire on 27 June 1927) was an English teacher, sailor, and landscape and marine painter. He is also considered a Chilean painter as he began his career as an artist there. Many of his landscapes evoke the region and many of his marine paintings feature notable events in Chilean naval history and have become patriotic national icons in that country.


Life and career

His father was a shipmaster, who sketched, and his uncle was an amateur painter. However he had no formal training as an artist and originally became a teacher in the Royal Navy. He traveled around the Pacific before settling in Chile and while teaching at The Mackay School in Valparaíso he started working as a professional painter. [1] By 1893 (when he had returned to Britain) he was still being referred to in England as a "little known artist" but had gained some praise. [2]

Although he returned to Britain in 1892 and spent most of the following thirty-five years in his home country, he remains far better known in Chile (where his work is on display in several prestigious locations) than he is in the UK. His life's work has been detailed in the book: "Thomas Somerscales, Marine Artist" by Alex A. Hurst.

He is commemorated with a green plaque on The Avenues, Kingston upon Hull.

Selected paintings

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