Thomas J Somerscales


War Artist and History Painter

SPEAKER: Mark Richmond

Wednesday, September 14 at 10am.

Wrecking Ball Arts Centre,

In Britain today, if he is remembered at all, the Hull-born painter Thomas J.Somerscales is best known as a marine artist but he was more than this - he also was an accomplished landscape artist, especially of rural and coastal scenes in his beloved Chile.
But even if we focus on his marines, simply calling Somerscales a marine artist does not bring out important ways to understand and classify his art.

Looking at his paintings of sea battles taken from British and Chilean history, I will argue that it makes sense to see him as a war artist and history painter. My talk will explore how viewing him in these ways may help to rescue him from unjustified
neglect, especially in Britain and most especially in Hull.

Booking Details

No booking required


Stairs only access to first floor

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Contact for the day:John Netherwood

Organised by

John Netherwood