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George Chambers Snr. was a marine painter and watercolourist. Born at Whitby, he was the son of a fisherman.

He worked as a sailor until he was 17 when he set up as a house and ship painter. He moved to London and began to practise as a ship painter. He also worked as a scenery painter at the Pavilion Theatre.

He was much patronised by naval officers. In 1830 he was commissioned by William IV to paint four pictures, which are still in the Royal Collection. Between 1827 and 1840 he exhibited at the RA, BI, SS, OWS and the NWS. He was elected ARWS in 1834 and RWS in 1835.

His work shows a real understanding of the workings of ships and the sea.

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