Arthur James Wetherall Burgess, RI, ROI, RBC, RSMA

Arthur James Wetherall Burgess, RI, ROI, RBC, RSMA was a marine artist and editor, born in Bombala, New South Wales, Australia. He studied art in Sydney before moving to the UK in 1901 where he continued his studies in St Ives, Cornwall. As well as being art editor of Brassey’s Naval and Shipping Annual, Burgess was Australia’s official naval artist during the First World War and an official war artist during the Second World War. He showed at the RI and ROI, both of which he was a member, as well as the RA from 1904, RHA, RBA and elsewhere. Works by Burgess are held by the National Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and several British public collections, including Lincoln and Nuneaton. He settled in London, where he was a member of Langham Sketch Club. Malcolm Innes Gallery held a show of Burgess’ marine, fishing and skiing oils and watercolours in 1996.