Arthur James Wetherall Burgess 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 an official naval artist for Australia during the First and Second World Wars. 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 the Imperial War Musuem, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and the National Maritime Museum.