Charles Pears was a renowned British Painter and the first elected President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. During World War I he was an Official War Artist for the Admiralty, a position he repeated during World War Il, and he established a reputation as a sound marine painter with a strong sense of design. In addition to his presidency at the RSMA, Pears was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His works are held in the collections of the London Transport Museum, National Railway Museum, Imperial War Museum, and Tate.
A label on the frame indicates that this was a picture that Pears submitted for the Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition. This ranks amongst Pears’ early submissions with the Society, possibly even the debut show held at the Guildhall, London in 1946.