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ISBN: 9781841145433
The Artist Who Loved Boats
The Artist Who Loved Boats
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Percy ‘Powder’ Thurburn’s life was an enigma. Well educated and wealthy he ran away to sea as a boy only to become involved in a mutiny aboard a square-rigged ship in Australia. Later, in league with a notorious character called Blackmore he went on a gun-running expedition, changed his mind, and made for another port where he managed to exchange the guns for wine. He arrived off Brixham after nightfall, whereupon the flagons were hauled up the cliff edge to Blackmore’s house before the excise officer arrived. These black marks against his name did not prevent the Navy using his services aboard a minesweeper during the Great War but, although supposed to be on patrol, he spent almost the entire time at sea fishing under sail! Dismissal from the service found him moving from port to port around the British coast, eventually settling on the Helford River in Cornwall where, leading a semi-reclusive life, he began to paint.

It is likely that his friendship with the celebrated marine artist Arthur Briscoe sealed his love of painting, while his knowledge of ships and the sea provided his main subject. In his lifetime Thurburn never sold a painting, preferring to give them away to his friends.

This book, which will be loved by all those who love ships, boats and the sea, provides a fascinating story of a remarkable life, illustrated with over 100 wonderful paintings.

Tom Cross, has made his mark upon the world of art in Cornwall and will be known to many, not only through his teaching as a former Head of Falmouth School of Art, but also through his many writings on the history of art in Cornwall. Tom now lives on the Helford River.

David Hale, was brought up on the Helford River, and as a boy, knew Thurburn well. Many of his paintings in the book are from Hale’s personal collection, given to his father by Percy Thurburn. David lives in Flushing, near Falmouth.

ISBN 1841145432, hardback, 258x358mm, 144 pages. Published July 2006.

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