Ernest Dade

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Ernest Dade
Ernest Frederick Dade

Died(1935-11-03)3 November 1935[1]
London, England
Other namesErnst Dade
Alma materAcadémie Julian
  • Painter
  • Model-maker

Ernest Frederick Dade (1864[2] – 3 November 1935),[1][2][3] later known as Ernst Dade, was an English painter,[2] specialising in coastal and maritime subjects,[2] and maker of model ships.[4] He was a member of the Staithes group, based in the North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes.[4]

Early life[edit]

Dade was born in Kensington, England,[4] Dade's father, Frederick Dade (1836–1874),[5] was a photographer,[5] married to Matilda Toye (1835–1919) in 1859.[5] Ernest had two older sisters and the family moved to Scarborough early in Ernest's life.[4] He later had another two sisters and three brothers,[5] one of whom, the youngest, Fred (1874–1908), was also a maritime artist.[5]

His first job was as a deck-hand on the American yacht, Dauntless.[4] In 1885–1886, he studied at Scarborough School of Art, under Albert Strange.[6] From the age of twenty he studied at the Académie Julian in Paris.[4] He later studied fresco and mural painting in the South of France.[4]


On the Fishing Grounds

Dade and Nelson Dawson rented studios at Manresa Road, Chelsea.[4] By 1890, he was living at 8 West Bank, Seamer Road, Scarborough.[4] In 1901, he became a founder member of the Staithes Art Club.[4] After visiting Holland he began to use the first name 'Ernst'.[4]

He exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists,[4] the New English Art Club (of which he became a member in 1887[7]), the Royal Academy (from 1887 to 1901),[7] the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours,[4] the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers,[7] the Walker Art Gallery[4] and the Staithes Art Club.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dade married Maud Alderson-Smith in St Martins Church, Scarborough in 1913.[6] With her he returned to London where he had a studio at St John's Wood, sub-let in part to fellow Staithes Group members Laura and Harold Knight.[6]

He was a member of the Society for Nautical Research.[8] and wrote articles about boats and sailing, for their quarterly journal, The Mariner's Mirror.[9] He was also a founder member and first Captain of the Scarborough Sailing Club, in 1895.[6]

Dade died in London in 1935,[3][6] and was survived by Maud.[3]


Sketch of small sailing craft and a square-rigger, from one of Dade's sketchbooks, at the National Maritime Museum

Institutions holding his work include the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum (which has his sketchbooks,[10] and those of his brother Fred[5]), Rotherham, Scarborough, and Whitby art galleries[4] and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.[11]


Book jacket from Sail and Oar


  • —— (1933). Sail and Oar. J M Dent and Sons Limited.
    • —— (1988). Sail and Oar. Ipswich Book Company. ISBN 978-1871696004. (Facsimile edition, with a Preface By Peter F. Anson)[12]


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Sources vary; others give 1864–1935
  2. ^ a b c d Paintings by or after Ernest Dade, Art UK. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1936. "DADE Ernest of 16 Langford-place St. John's Wood Middlesex died 3 November 1935 Administration York 13 November to Helen Maude Dade widow. Effects £565 14s. 6d."
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Ernest Dade – Staithes Group Artist". Retrieved 29 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Professional Photographers in Chichester". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e Watts, Tony (10 March 2007). "Albert's Pupils". The Albert Strange Association. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  8. ^ The Mariner's Mirror, Volume 18, Issue 4, 1932
  9. ^ "T and F". Retrieved 30 May 2013. – deep linking not possible; search for "Dade".
  10. ^ "Collections – National Maritime Museum". Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  11. ^ "The Pool, London, (1886) by Ernst Dade". Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Sail and Oar: A Hundred Pictures By Ernest Dade". Retrieved 30 May 2013.

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