Winston Megoren, marine artist

Marine artist Winston Megoren FRSA was born in 1913 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where he spent much of his youth watching and studying the shipping that passed on the Tyne and making many sketches.

After training as an accountant, at the age of 23 he chose marine art instead, and began illustrate cruising stories for Yachting Monthly. Later he was attached to Naval Intelligence at the at the Admiralty in the later part of the, illustrating official publications and ship recognition books.

After the war Megoren returned to working for book and periodical publishers including Rupert Hart-Davis for which he produced illustrations for the series The Mariner’s Library.

From 1948 he lived in Weymouth until his sudden death in 1971 at the age of fifty seven.

Read more about Megoren here. and see more of his work here.

Spider T open weekend with exhibitions and talks 24-25 November

The Spider T folks are having an open weekend and art exhibition on board the Humber sloop over the weekend of the 24th and 25th November at Keadby Lock on the Humber Estuary. Click on the image above for details.

Attractions aboard the wonderful old boat include paintings by marine artist Leslie Everatt, and exhibitions and talks about Spider T’s recent adventures, including her trip to Arbroath, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.


Rowland Hilder, marine artist

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Untitled watercolour by Rowland Hilder

As someone who lives in the Low Weald of Kent, I think of Rowland Hilder as a painter of landscapes that look as if they portray the fields around our house. But I’ve recently come to realise that Hilder was also an accomplished marine artist. Click on this link to Baron Fine Art Gallery to see some more examples.

For more examples of art, photography, songs, poems and culture generally at, click here.