GRIBBLE, Bernard

1872 - 1962

Bernard Gribble

Bernard Emmanuel Finnigan Gribble, was born at South Kensington, London on 10 May 1872, only son of the two children of Herbert Augustine Keate Gribble (June 1846-8 December 1894), an architect, and his wife Julia Mary née Finnigan (1839-1904), who married at Kensington, London in 1869. Educated at the College of St Francis Xavier, Bruges and in 1881 the family were living at 10 Alexander Square, Kensington. By 1891, Bernard was an 18 year old artist, living at Sydney Street, Chelsea with his parents, 44 year old Herbert and 50 year old Julia with his 20 year old sister Agnes Cecilia Finnigan. Bernard was an artist-correspondent to 'The Queen' and 'Black & White' during the Hispano-American War of 1898 and was marine artist to the Worship Company of Shipwrights. He married at Kensington, London in 1902, Eleanor [Nellie] Mabel Clunn (26 January 1877-1963). A marine and portrait painter in oil and watercolour and who, although not a member of Ipswich Art Club, exhibited from 53 Clifton Hill, London N.W.8 in 1929, two paintings 'Bridport, Dorset' and 'Poole Harbour, Dorset'. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy 1891-1904; Paris Salon; Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and purchasers of his paintings included President Franklin D. Roosevelt who purchased a painting showing the arrival of American destroyers at Queenstown in Ireland, during World War I and it hung in the Oval Office of the White House. Other notable purchasers included Queen Mary, Kaiser, Willhelm and Jackie Onassis. Gribble was also an illustrator, his work appearing in many leading magazines, including 'The Illustrated London News' and 'The Graphic' and he illustrated several books, his work appearing on royal postcards and menus. In 1939, which incorrectly gives his year of birth as 1873, a marine artist living at 3 Springfield Road, Parkstone, Dorset with his wife Eleanor. He died at 60 Alexandra Road, Poole on 21 February 1962, aged 89 and his wife followed on 8 September 1963, they had no children. He signed his works 'B. Gribble' letters disjointed.




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