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NGLeR
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Posted - Aug 09 2019 :  13:28:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greetings to the forum

I am hoping that someone may be able to assist in providing information about the artist J Bourne.

It would appear that he was active between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He specialised in Maritime artwork and, in particular, steamships. His work is held in many museums throughout the UK and his work seems popular in print form yet, there appears to be little or no information about him.

Some art valuation sites also confuse him with an earlier J Bourne ( some +/- 100 years earlier).

I am looking for any information that you are able to provide, including valuation of his work.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best wishes


Neil

NGLeR
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Posted - Aug 13 2019 :  04:23:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The only bit of information that I have been able to uncover, so far, is from the Royal Museums Greenwich website which, in discussing a painting in it's collection states - ' 'Dinorwic' is running across Greyhope Bay into Aberdeen past the Girdleness Lighthouse. Its tower (1833) appears in other similar ship portraits by Bourne, a fairly prolific 'pierhead painter' about whom little else is known'.

As a pierhead painter we could possibly conclude that Bourne was from the Aberdeen area, seeing as the Girdleness Lighthouse appeared in a number of his works.

Regards

Neil
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hercules brabazon
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Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  16:58:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Aberdeen Post Office directory for 1922-3 lists an artist called John Bourne of 113, Constitution Street.
https://archive.org/details/postofficeab192223aber/page/540


and the British Newspaper Archive turns up this from the Aberdeen Press and Journal for Friday 26 April 1935 (I don't have paid acess o the full text)
MERCHANT SHIP CHIEF AND ARTIST. Death of Mr John Bourne at Aberdeen. The death of John Bourne, wellknown marine artist, has taken place at his residence, 113 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, his seventy-fourth year. He had been in ill-health for .."


Therefore he was born in c.1861.

Edited by - hercules brabazon on Aug 15 2019 17:41:33
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NGLeR
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Posted - Aug 16 2019 :  06:25:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Hercules. Thank you for information received, you certainly have your finger on the pulse.

The reason behind my enquiry stems from the fact that I have a painting by the hand of J Bourne and, while I have time on my hands ( stuck in hospital for 7 weeks ), I thought it would be interesting to have an in-depth look at some of my art with potential for an interesting historical background.

The ship portrayed in the painting is the SS Erika, built in Holland in 1918, launched as the Leksveer, which sank outside the port of Durban, in South Africa ( where I lived until 2015 ), in 1927.

I purchased the painting in Sweden and have wondered what the reason may be for its presence here. One possibility is that the painting once belonged to the ship's captain, Capt. O.C. Asdal, a Norwegian which may account for it's eventual return to Scandinavia.

In 2009, the wreck was rediscovered during investigations for the widening of the Port of Durban harbour entrance and recovery procedures began in 2009/2010.

A book titled ' SS Karin - Shipwreck Report ' by Vanessa Maitland, the archaeologist involved in the recovery of the ship gives one a glimpse into the life and recovery of the SS Karin. An excerpt of the book is available online, if the title of the book is Googled.

Once again, my grateful thanks you for your contribution in providing additional substance to my enquiry into the SS Karin and the artist J Bourne

Best wishes

Neil



ATTACHMENTS:
Karin - steamer.2.jpg
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hercules brabazon
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Posted - Aug 17 2019 :  05:40:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've managed to tease a bit more out of his obituary in the Scotsman out of the BNA. It reads:

Mr John Bourne, marine artist, died yesterday at his residence, 113 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, in his 74th year . His knowledge His knowledge of ships was obtained in early life, when he sailed from Liverpool as a chief officer aboard several vessels. On going to Aberdeen a number of years ago he found exercise for his talents in depicting many trawlers and vessels , and his pictures were prized by many, not only in Aberdeen but in other ports . Mr Bourne who was a native of Birkenhead , is survived by his widow and three daughters.



Edited by - hercules brabazon on Aug 17 2019 05:41:54
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NGLeR
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Posted - Aug 17 2019 :  12:36:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Hercules

Thank you once again for the additional information. I am hoping for more info. from Art UK, and will post this, along with anything else that I can find, assuming, of course, that there is more.

Once I am home I will also post a better image of the painting that I have.

In the interim, I have another topic that may be of interest.

Best wishes

Neil

Edited by - NGLeR on Aug 17 2019 13:32:07
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