Charles PEARS


Pontefract and lived in London and St Mawes, Cornwall, the artist produced a phenomenal 107 works now in Imperial War Museum. Having served as the official Naval War Artist in both World Wars, he also produced lithographs for propaganda purposes in WWI and painted naval subjects for the War Artists Committee in WWII.

In 1930s, he continued both his marine painting and poster work and became in demand from railway companies for tourism posters. He wrote several books on sailing and was a keen sailor himself. Out-spoken critic of modern art.


Painter of marine subjects, lithographer, graphic designer and writer

works and access

Works include: A Convoy (1918); The Mauretania Arriving at Rosyth; Longships Light Seen from Land's End

Access to Work: Eastbourne; Falmouth; Guildhall (London); Harrogate; Lincoln; MC; Royal Exchange (London); Tate; Truro//Yale Centre for British Art (New Haven) Imperial War Museum (107)

The Norwegian Coast - Spring 1940 (b/w) (Imperial War Museum)

Sunset over Guernsey (col) pl 25 (National Railway Museum/Science and Society Picture Library)


Chenil; Connell; FIN (6); International (8); L; NEAC; RA (9); RI; ROI (52)


ROI; STISA: c1945-58; SMA

misc further info



Buckman (2006) Artists/Britain since 1945

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall 1880-1940 p340

Johnson & Greutzner

Tovey (2000) George Fagan Bradshaw - Submariner & Marine Artist, etc. STISA Principal members list p228; (2003) Creating a Splash

C Wood (2008) Victorian Painters