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. Bernard was educated at the College of St Francis Xavier, Bruges and studied under his father and then studied drawing at South Kensington Art School. 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. During the Hispano-American War of 1898, Bernard was an artist-correspondent to 'The Queen' and 'Black & White' and was marine artist to the Worship Company of Shipwrights. Bernard 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, exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club 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, the Paris Salon; Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. 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. Bernard Emmanuel Finnigan Gribble 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.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 10 Sidney Street, South Kensington
1891 718 The Burning of the 'Mentmore'
from 12 Trafalgar Studios, Mannesa Road, Chelsea
1898 433 Assisting a Disabled Ship
         516 At Rest
1899 38 A Grey Day
         354 The Lifeboat and the Crew
         649 Nearing a Foreign Port
1900 1048 Mrs Banfield
         1051 The Plague Ship of the Yellow Death
1901 86 The Pirate's Prize
         674 To the Rescue
         808 A Signal for a Tug
1902 16 Mrs E. Terry Dodd
         30 Captures from the Monteniegrins
         248 The Pride of our Isles
1903 321 Mrs Hannam Henderson
         388 A Fight for the Booty
         400 Defiance
         666 Sir Thomas H Brook Hitching, Sheriff of London 1903
1904 363 Mrs Bernard F Gribble
         398 Off to the Wars

Works by This Artist