Charles Martin Powell 1775-1824

Powell was a sailor and self-taught artist whose excitement and understanding of the sea is infused into his paintings. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1807 and 1821 and the British Institution between 1813 and 1821. Born in Chichester, West Sussex, he decided to adopt a Dutch style of painting, where the contrasts of light to dark and calm to stormy were much in evidence.  Powell travelled extensively around Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.