A Quiet Mooring
Philip Mitchell, RI (1814 – 1896)
11¼” x 18¾” (28.6 cm x 47.7 cm)
Although he showed an early interest in art, Philip Mitchell chose a career as a Royal Navy officer before taking up painting professionally. Working predominantly in watercolours, he specialised in landscapes and coastal scenes in Devon and Cornwall. The River Tamar and the valley it carved between the two counties were favourite subjects. Mitchell was a friend of the renowned marine artists Nicholas Matthew Condy and Oswald Walters Brierly, the latter of whom studied naval architecture in Plymouth. Mitchell was a member of Plymouth Sketching Club and in 1879 became a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, where he exhibited 114 pictures.