John Bentham-Dinsdale (1927 - 2008)
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John Bentham-Dinsdale
(1927 - 2008)
Action off Belfast Lough
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
Framed dimensions:
25.75 x 35.75 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York
Action off Belfast Lough shows a scene from the Seven Years War (1756 – 1762). In February 1760, three ships under the command of the French privateer François Thurot landed a French force at the Irish town of Carrickfergus, about 11 miles from Belfast. After being repelled by Irish militiamen after a few days, the Blonde, the Terpsichore, and the Maréchal de Belle-Isle were confronted by a Royal Navy squadron consisting of the HMS Aeolus, the HMS Pallas, and the HMS Brilliant. In the middle of the Irish Sea, between the Isle of Man and the Northern Irish coast, the French privateers and British sailors fought throughout the morning of February 28, 1760. Thurot died in the battle, and the British captured all three ships. After transferring the French prisoners to Belfast, Thurot was buried with full honors in southern Scotland, while the Royal Navy later purchased both the Blonde and the Terpsichore.

John Bentham-Dinsdale was a British maritime painter. Originally going to school for architecture, he first served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, then worked in theater. He designed scenery for several West End theaters before moving into television. He was an assistant designer for Associated Television before becoming head of design and construction for Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle. Though painting had been more of a hobby for most of his life, Dinsdale moved back to his native Yorkshire to pursue painting full-time. He soon became known as a maritime painter, showing clipper ships on the high seas and scenes from naval history. He helped found the British Sea Painters Group in 1970, then had his first solo exhibition in London in 1974. Dinsdale’s work became popular partly because of his attention to detail. His vast library relating to marine history allowed him to accurately portray specific ships at specific moments in their lives. However, his skill did not solely lay in his vessels but in the countless ways that the ocean itself often appears on his canvases.

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John Bentham-Dinsdale
(1927 - 2008)
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
John Bentham-Dinsdale
(1927 - 2008)
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches