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Bernard Finegan Gribble (1873-1962)

B.F. Gribble was a prolific artist and illustrator. Born in Chelsea, his father Herbert was the well-known architect (of the Brompton Oratory,London) a career he was expected to follow. But while in Plymouth, as his father worked on the Armada Memorial, he took to sketching ships and studied at local art schools. Gribble studied music for a year or so in Brussels before reverting to painting following a pistol accident that injured his left hand and studied in Belgium, France and at South Kensington Art Schools. He had a studio in Chelsea before he settled in Poole, becoming a leading member/president of the Poole and East Dorset Art Society.


A versatile artist he painted portraits, landscapes, as well as illustrations for, among others, the Illustrated London News, but Gribble is best known for his marines and historical maritime scenes - the latter meticulously researched for accurate portrayal. He was an excellent painter of the forms and colours of the sea. 


Bernard Gribble exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from the age of 18 (1891) and his works were purchased by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Queen Mary and Jackie Onassis. His wife left 140 of his works to Poole Museum and other works can be found in the collections of the National Maritime Museum and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.