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Derek G. M. Gardner

Derek G. M. Gardner

(1914 - 2007)

British

 

English painter, Derek George Montague Gardner was born in Buckinghamshire, in South East England. Gardner developed his love of ships when his father, a civil engineer for the Great Central Railway at Grimsby and in 1928 became the chief engineer of the “Port of Glaskow”. Educated at the Oundle School of London he won awards for his drawings. When he left school in 1931, he began training as a civil engineer with the London Midland and Scottish Railway and later joined the Royal Naval Reserve as a midshipman. This is where he took up painting watercolors of warships.

His warship, the HMS Broke came under heavy fire and was rescued and returned to Algiers. On the return to England his convoy was attacked and sank. Gardner was injured and rendered deaf in one ear. Gardner joined the Colonial Service after the war, serving in Kenya. He met his wife, Mary, at a dance in Mombasa. He then worked as an engineer in west Kenya, living in Kisumu beside Lake Victoria, before moving to Nakuru, where he painted oils, watercolours and pastels of local scenes, such as flamingos on nearby Soda Lake.

Derek returned to England with his family in 1963 and retired in Dorset and returned to painting maritime subjects. He is best known for his paintings of warships from the Napoleonic Wars and late 19th century clipper ships.

He was a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and also a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists

 

 

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