Samuel Owen (artist)
Life and works
Owen was born about 1769. Nothing is recorded of him before 1791, when he exhibited "A Sea View" at the Royal Academy. This was followed in 1797, after the victory of Cape St. Vincent, by "A View of the British and Spanish Fleets", and, in 1799, by three drawings of the engagement between the "HMS Director" (under Captain Bligh) and the Vryheid (Admiral De Winter) in the Battle of Camperdown on 11 Oct. 1797. These, with three other drawings exhibited in 1802 and 1807, complete the number of his exhibits at the Royal Academy.
In 1808 he joined the "Associated Artists in Water-Colours", and sent eleven drawings of shipping and marine subjects to the first exhibition of that short-lived body. He also exhibited twelve works in 1809, and six in 1810, but after that date resigned his membership. His works were carefully drawn and freshly coloured, with great attention to the details of shipping. "Among them are the series of 84 drawings which were engraved by William Bernard Cooke for his work 'The Thames'", published in 1811, and eleven others made for the "Picturesque Tour of the River Thames", published by William Westall, R.A., and himself in 1838.
Other pictures (in the South Kensington Museum c. 1885) of his include : 'Shipping in a Calm,' 'Indiaman lying-to for a Pilot,' 'Luggers on the Shore,' and seven other river and sea pictures. A small half-length portrait of Owen in watercolours, signed 'Montague, 1805,' was in the possession of Dr. Edward H. <surname missing> of Lewisham High Road.
- Works by Owen at the NMM (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London)
- HMS Dido engaging the French frigate La Minerve, with H.M.S. Lowestoft chasing L'Artémise beyond, 24 June 1795 (Watercolour - Christie's)
- A frigate and smaller craft in a stiff breeze off the North Foreland (Watercolour - Christie's)
- An English frigate heeling in the swell off a fortified tower (Watercolour - Christie's)
- Antique prints of Owen's work (Grosvenor prints)