Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 1st.ed., 1996. 216 pp., 58 cold. & 90 b&w plates. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. George Chambers is arguably the most important marine painter of the 19th century. This biography sets out to remedy the sad neglect he has experienced since his death in 1840. Hailed as the embodiment of romantic sea painting, George Chambers enjoyed none of the privileges of royal patronage during his short life, and yet his mastery of oils and watercolours is truly remarkable, and his paintings of naval engagements – perhaps his best known work – were commissioned by naval commanders and by Greenwich Hospital. Born in Whitby on the coast of North Yorkshire, Chambers went to sea like his father and here he acquired an eye for nautical accuracy and detail. His output was impressive, and much of his beautiful work is described and illustrated in a study interwoven with discussion and assessment of his individual paintings and drawings. FINE copy.