Montague Dawson (1890 – 1973) British painter, the son of a keen yachtsman and grandson of the marine painter, Henry Dawson, much of Montague’s childhood was spent on Southampton Water where he was able to indulge his interest in the study of ships. For a brief period around 1910, Dawson worked for a commercial art studio in Bedford Row, London. With the outbreak of WWI, he joined the Royal Navy. While serving in Falmouth, Cornwall, he met painter Charles Napier Hemy who greatly influenced his work. In 1924 Dawson was the official artist for an Expedition to the South Seas by the steam yacht St. George, providing illustrated reports to the Graphic magazine throughout the expedition. During those years, his artwork was published in the newspaper The Sphere and are now featured in the Royal Naval Museum as well as the National Maritime Museum. After the war he established himself as a professional marine artist concentrating on historical subjects and portraits of deep-water sailing ships often in high seas. WWII found him again employed as a war artist by The Sphere. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, himself a member from 1946 to 1964, and occasionally at the Royal Academy. By the 1930’s he was considered of the greatest living marine artist. He is represented in the Royal Naval Museum, the National Maritime Museum (London) and the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. He is noted for the strict accuracy in the nautical details of his paintings, as we see in the oil on canvas, Enduring the Gale. His patrons include not only two American presidents, Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson, but the British Royal Family collection includes his work.