Bernard Benedict Hemy (1855-1913)
The youngest brother of acclaimed British marine watercolorist Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917) and Thomas Hemy (1852-1937) also a marine painter, Bernard Benedict Hemy, more often referred to as BB Hemy, was born in Australia where his family had emigrated in 1852. Like both of his siblings, he later returned to his family’s traditional home at Newcastle-on-Tyne where he settled to paint for the remainder of his life in North Shields.
It is thought that he studied art at the Newcastle Art School where both of his brothers attended. Unlike them however, he was not widely travelled, preferring the quieter life of the North East Coast of England. Throughout his career he displayed a strong competence at creating realistic portrayals of every day marine activity, skillfully documenting coastal and harbor views as well as local fishing scenes of the period.
Today, paintings by Bernard Benedict Hemy are considered the rarest of the Hemy family. Although he is known to have exhibited at the Suffolk Street Gallery in London in both 1875 and 1877 and was a participant in various other English exhibitions, none of his works are known to exist in public collections.
Featonby’s Auctioneers & Valuers are so privileged to have been selected as the chosen auction house to sell this magnificent painting by BB Hemy – coming up for sale on Thursday 27th June – we believe this to be one of the best examples we’ve seen of Hemy’s work!
To register your interest or to bid in advance please contact Featonby’s office on 0191 2522 601 or email email@example.com
This auction sale featuring BB Hemy’s masterpiece will be live online on Thursday 27th June from 10am via the-saleroom.com