LIEUTENANT COMMANDER NORMAN WILKINSON
Original IWM image caption: Lieutenant Commander Norman Wilkinson CBE. Unit: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMNB Devonport. Death: 31 May 1971. | Norman Wilkinson (1878 - 1971) was a British artist who specialised in marine subjects. He was educated at Berkhamsted School and sang as a chorister with the choir of St Paul's Cathedral. Although he had little formal training as an artist, he started contributing artwork to The Illustrated News and The Illustrated Mail in 1898 and was well established as an illustrator, poster artist and painter in oils and watercolours by the outbreak of war in 1914. One of his paintings was lost on board the SS TITANIC.
During the First World War, Wilkinson served with the Royal Navy in the Dardanelles, on submarine patrol in the Mediterranean and on a minesweeper in the English Channel. Although he was not an official war artist, he continued to produce works of art during his naval service and made an important contribution to the dazzle camouflage scheme. Wilkinson was appointed Honorary Marine Painter to the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1919.