Framed maritime Print ‘SOPHOCLES’. Original sold last time at auction for $4000.
Size: frame 59 x 72 cm, artwork 35 x 48 cm
JACK SPURLING (British 1871-1933) John Robert Charles ‘Jack’ Spurling was the son of an importer and grew up near the London docks, where he learned to sketch as a pastime. At the age of 16 he first went to sea as an apprentice aboard Astoria. His life nearly ended when he fell from the main upper topsail yard to the deck, he instead spent six months in a Singapore hospital. He gained his second mate’s certificate after some years aboard one of Devitt & Moore’s sail training vessels, and around the same time learned the art of watercolor painting, and was soon receiving commissions from other seafarers. He finished his life at sea as a sailor with the Blue Anchor line of steamers.